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Publisher Comments:

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.

Here is one of the poems from the collection:

Description of Her Eyes

Two teaspoonfuls,

and my mind goes

everyone can kiss my ass now--

then it's changed,

I change my mind.

Eyes so sad, and infinitely kind.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

Franz Wright, the son of the poet James Wright, was born in Vienna in 1953 and grew up in the Northwest, the Midwest, and northern California. His most recent works include Ill Lit: Selected & New Poems and an expanded edition of translations en

Synopsis:

Offering a poignant and incisive portrait of an addict in recovery, a collection of poems captures the seductive legacy of an alcoholic father, the isolation of addiction, his re-connection with fellow addicts, and the desperate battle between the grasp of mental illness and addiction and the promise of a new life. Reprint.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307554574
Subtitle:
Poems
Publisher:
A.A. Knopf
Author:
Wright, Franz
Author:
Franz Wright
Subject:
Poetry : American - General
Subject:
Narcotic addicts
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Drug abuse
Subject:
Rehabilitation
Subject:
Drug addicts - Rehabilitation
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2001
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
75

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Product details 75 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307554574 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Franz Wright, the son of the poet James Wright, was born in Vienna in 1953 and grew up in the Northwest, the Midwest, and northern California. His most recent works include Ill Lit: Selected & New Poems and an expanded edition of translations en
"Synopsis" by , Offering a poignant and incisive portrait of an addict in recovery, a collection of poems captures the seductive legacy of an alcoholic father, the isolation of addiction, his re-connection with fellow addicts, and the desperate battle between the grasp of mental illness and addiction and the promise of a new life. Reprint.
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