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"What makes Wright's lines here (but also everywhere) so satisfying? It is the singing rhythmic pulse, of course (ascribable in part to the poet's decision to compose only in lines with odd numbers of syllables); and it is the way the poetry imitates, in its dropped half-lines, the second wave of second thoughts." Helen Vendler, The New York Review of Books (read the entire New York Review of Books review)

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After the end of something, there comes another end,

This one behind you, and far away.

Only a lifetime can get you to it,

and then just barely.

 

Littlefoot, the eighteenth book from one of this countrys most acclaimed poets, is an extended meditation on mortality, on the narrators search of the skies for a road map and for last instructions on “the other side of my own death.” Following the course of one year, the poets seventieth, we witness the seasons change over his familiar postage stamps of soil, realizing that we are reflected in them, that the true affinity is between writer and subject, human and nature, one becoming the other, as the river is like our blood, “it powers on, / out of sight, out of mind.” Seeded with lyrics of old love songs and spirituals, here we meet solitude, resignation, and a glad cry that while a return to the beloved earth is impossible, “all things come from splendor,” and the urgent question that the poet cant help but ask: “Will you miss me when Im gone?

Charles Wright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award, teaches at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
After the end of something, there comes another end,

This one behind you, and far away.

Only a lifetime can get you to it,

and then just barely.

 

Littlefoot, the eighteenth book from one of this countrys most acclaimed poets, is an extended meditation on mortality, on the narrators search of the skies for a road map and for last instructions on “the other side of my own death.” Following the course of one year, the poets seventieth, we witness the seasons change over his familiar postage stamps of soil, realizing that we are reflected in them, that the true affinity is between writer and subject, human and nature, one becoming the other, as the river is like our blood, “it powers on, / out of sight, out of mind.” Seeded with lyrics of old love songs and spirituals, here we meet solitude, resignation, and a glad cry that while a return to the beloved earth is impossible, “all things come from splendor,” and the urgent question that the poet cant help but ask: “Will you miss me when Im gone?"

After the end of something, there comes another end,

This one behind you, and far away.

Only a lifetime can get you to it,

and then just barely.

“Though we seldom speak of Charles Wright as a religious poet, at least not as we might discuss George Herbert or Gerard Manley Hopkins, he is nevertheless among the most spiritual of American poets of the last 50 years . . . This latest collection, actually one long poem composed of 35 numbered but unnamed sections, is another in a series of maps that illustrate Wrights way of living, as pilgrim, between the seen and the unseen, attempting to come as close as possible to the light. This life and art of pilgrimage—Wright has always been conscious of his age, of the ticking of the clock, and Littlefoot makes much of his arrival at 70—involves a rich and detailed awareness, in this case very like Hopkins own uncanny sensitivity, of the physical world. Landscape, memory, desire, and a wistful acknowledgment of death crowd each page . . . Wright is a pilgrim of the spirit, always on the road, like the Japanese poet Basho, always the reluctant disciple, unambiguous about the holy but burdened with doubt about the holes where the nails have been. And this confluence of spirituality and emptiness brings us to the heritage of Appalachia still present in Wrights work.”—David Garrison, America

Synopsis:

After the end of something, there comes another end,

This one behind you, and far away.

Only a lifetime can get you to it,

and then just barely.

 

Littlefoot, the eighteenth book from one of this country's most acclaimed poets, is an extended meditation on mortality, on the narrator's search of the skies for a road map and for last instructions on "the other side of my own death." Following the course of one year, the poet's seventieth, we witness the seasons change over his familiar postage stamps of soil, realizing that we are reflected in them, that the true affinity is between writer and subject, human and nature, one becoming the other, as the river is like our blood, "it powers on, / out of sight, out of mind." Seeded with lyrics of old love songs and spirituals, here we meet solitude, resignation, and a glad cry that while a return to the beloved earth is impossible, "all things come from splendor," and the urgent question that the poet can't help but ask: "Will you miss me when I'm gone?

About the Author

Charles Wright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award, teaches at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374189662
Author:
Wright, Charles
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Seasons
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
104
Dimensions:
8.77 x 5.69 x 0.63 in

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"Review A Day" by , "What makes Wright's lines here (but also everywhere) so satisfying? It is the singing rhythmic pulse, of course (ascribable in part to the poet's decision to compose only in lines with odd numbers of syllables); and it is the way the poetry imitates, in its dropped half-lines, the second wave of second thoughts." (read the entire New York Review of Books review)
"Synopsis" by ,
After the end of something, there comes another end,

This one behind you, and far away.

Only a lifetime can get you to it,

and then just barely.

 

Littlefoot, the eighteenth book from one of this country's most acclaimed poets, is an extended meditation on mortality, on the narrator's search of the skies for a road map and for last instructions on "the other side of my own death." Following the course of one year, the poet's seventieth, we witness the seasons change over his familiar postage stamps of soil, realizing that we are reflected in them, that the true affinity is between writer and subject, human and nature, one becoming the other, as the river is like our blood, "it powers on, / out of sight, out of mind." Seeded with lyrics of old love songs and spirituals, here we meet solitude, resignation, and a glad cry that while a return to the beloved earth is impossible, "all things come from splendor," and the urgent question that the poet can't help but ask: "Will you miss me when I'm gone?

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