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Wright, Franz 1953-2015

Overview
Works: 78 works in 162 publications in 1 language and 5,490 library holdings
Genres: Poetry 
Roles: Author, Translator
Classifications: PS3573.R5327, 811.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Franz Wright
Walking to Martha's Vineyard : poems by Franz Wright( Book )

22 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 1,214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this radiant new collection, Franz Wright shares his regard for life in all its forms and his belief in the promise of blessing and renewal. As he watches the "Resurrection of the little apple tree outside my window," he shakes off his fear of mortality, concluding "what death ... There is only mine or yours, - but the world will be filled with the living." In prayer like poems he invokes the one "who spoke the world / into being" and celebrates a dazzling universe-snowflakes descending at nightfall, the intense yellow petals of the September sunflower, the planet adrift in a blizzard of stars, the simple mystery of loving other people. As Wright overcomes a natural tendency toward loneliness and isolation, he gives voice to his hope for "the only animal that commits suicide," and, to our deep pleasure, he arrives at a place of gratitude that is grounded in the earth and its moods. A new collection by the author of The Beforelife reflects his regard for life in every form and his belief in the promise of blessing and renewal, sharing through a series of prayer-like works his observations of such topics as a suicidal animal, snowflakes, and the mysteries of love.--[Résumé de l'éditeur]
God's silence : poems by Franz Wright( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this luminous new collection of poems, Franz Wright expands on the spiritual joy he found in his Pulitzer Prize-winning Walking to Martha's Vineyard. Wright, whom we know as a poet of exquisite miniatures, opens God's Silence with "East Boston, 1996," a powerful long poem that looks back at the darker moments in the formation of his sensibility. He shares his private rules for bus riding ("No eye contact: the eyes of the terrified / terrify"), and recalls, among other experiences, his first encounter with a shotgun, as an eight-year-old boy ("In a clearing in the cornstalks ... it was suggested / that I fire / on that muttering family of crows"). Throughout this volume, Wright continues his penetrating study of his own and our collective soul. He reaches a new level of acceptance as he intones the paradox "I have heard God's silence like the sun," and marvels at our presumptions: We speak of Heaven who have not yet accomplished even this, the holiness of things precisely as they are, and never will! Though Wright often seeks forgiveness in these poems, his black wit and self-deprecation are reliably present, and he delights in reminding us that "literature will lose, sunlight will win, don't worry." But in this book, literature wins as well. God's Silence is a deeply felt celebration of what poetry (and its silences) can do for us."--Publisher's website
The beforelife : poems by Franz Wright( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this stunning collection, Franz Wright chronicles the journey back from a place of isolation and wordlessness. After a period when it seemed certain he would never write poetry again, he speaks with bracing clarity about the twilit world that lies between madness and sanity, addiction and recovery. Wright negotiates the precarious transition from illness to health in a state of skeptical rapture, discovering along the way the exhilaration of love--both divine and human--and finding that even the most battered consciousness can be good company. Whether he is writing about his regret for the abortion of a child, describing the mechanics of slander ("I can just hear them on the telephone and keening all their kissy little knives"), or composing an ironic ode to himself ("To a Blossoming Nut Case"), Wright's poems are exquisitely precise. Charles Simic has characterized him as a poetic miniaturist, whose "secret ambition is to write an epic on the inside of a matchbook cover." Time and again, Wright turns on a dime in a few brief lines, exposing the dark comedy and poignancy of his heightened perception"--Publisher description
Wheeling motel : poems by Franz Wright( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his tenth collection of poetry, Franz Wright gives us a book of reconciliation with the past and acceptance of what may come in the future. Here, in Wheeling Motel, Wright's poetry continues to surprise us with its frank appraisal of our soul, and with his own combustible loneliness and unstoppable joy."--Jacket
Factory of tears by Valzhyna Mort( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a bilingual collection of the young author's poems in English and Belarusian on facing pages, examining themes of violence, victimhood, beauty, pop culture, and difficult circumstances
Earlier poems by Franz Wright( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects the author's first four books of poetry
Kindertotenwald : prose poems by Franz Wright( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A genre-bending collection of prose poems from Pulitzer Prize-winner Franz Wright brings us surreal tales of childhood, adolescence, and adult awareness, moving from the gorgeous to the shocking to a sense of peace. Wright's most intimate thoughts and images appear before us in dramatic and spectral short narratives: mesmerizing poems whose colloquial sound and rhythms announce a new path for this luminous and masterful poet. In these journeys, we hear the constant murmured 'yes' of creation--'it will be packing its small suitcase soon; it will leave the keys dangling from the lock and set out at last, ' Wright tells us. He introduces us to the powerful presences in his world (the haiku master Basho, Nietzsche, St. Teresa of Avila, and especially his father, James Wright) as he explores the continually unfolding loss of childhood and the mixed blessings that follow it. Taken together, the pieces deliver the diary of a poet--'a fairly good egg in hot water, ' as he describes himself--who seeks to narrate his way through the dark wood of his title, following the crumbs of language. 'Take everything, ' Wright suggests, 'you can have it all back, but leave for a little the words, of all you gave the most mysteriously lasting.' With a strong presence of the dramatic in every line, Kindertotenwald pulls us deep into this journey, where we too are lost and then found again with him."--Publisher's website
F : poems by Franz Wright( Book )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In these riveting poems, Wright declares, I've said all that / I had to say. / In writing. / I signed my name. / It's death's move. As he considers his mortality, the poet finds a new elation and clarity on the page, handing over for our examination the flawed yet kneeling-in-gratitude self he has become. F stands both for Franz, the poet-speaker who represents all of us on our baffling lifelong journeys, and for the alphabet, the utility and sometimes brutality of our symbols. (It may be, he jokes grimly, his grade in life. ) From Entries of the Cell, the long central poem that details the loneliness of the single soul, to short narrative prose poems and traditional lyrics, Wright revels in the compensatory power of language, observing the daytime headlights following a hearse, or the wind, blessing one by one the unlighted buds of the backbent peach tree's unnoted return. He is at his best in this beautiful and startling collection."--Publisher's description
Ill lit : selected & new poems by Franz Wright( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The unknown Rilke : selected poems by Rainer Maria Rilke( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The unknown Rilke : selected poems by Rainer Maria Rilke( Book )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The night world and the word night : poems by Franz Wright( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Entry in an unknown hand : poems by Franz Wright( Book )

2 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rorschach test by Franz Wright( Book )

4 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No siege is absolute : versions of René Char by René Char( Book )

3 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leave me hidden : poems by Franz Wright( Book )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The earth without you : poems by Franz Wright( Book )

2 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The one whose eyes open when you close your eyes by Franz Wright( Book )

2 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

7prose by Franz Wright( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

T.S. Eliot selected poems by Franz Wright( )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Walking to Martha's Vineyard : poems
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God's silence : poemsThe beforelife : poemsWheeling motel : poemsFactory of tearsEarlier poemsKindertotenwald : prose poemsIll lit : selected & new poemsThe unknown Rilke : selected poems
Alternative Names
Franz Wright Amerikaans dichter (1953-2015)

Franz Wright poeta estadounidense

Franz Wright poeta estatunidenc

Franz Wright poète américain

Wright, Franz Paul 1953-2015

弗朗兹·莱特

Languages
English (98)