Synopses & Reviews
Described by the late James Dickey
as "one of the finest new poets to come along in years," Robert Wrigley
fulfills that early promise with this, his newest collection. Reign of Snakes
is a book about desire, the soul's desire as much as the body's. As Jane Hirshfield
said of Wrigley's previous book, In the Bank of Beautiful Sins
(Penguin, 1995), "To read it is to unpeel a little further into the human, and into the wideness that holds the human--a splendid gift." Reign of Snakes
takes us to yet another level, deep into the daily devotions, "where the dark blows a kiss to night."
. . . a frigid day in February and a full-grown rattlesnake curled to a comma in the middle of the middle of the just-plowed road. Ice ghost, I think, curve of rock or stubbed-off branch. But the diamonds are there, under a dust of crystals looming, impossible, summer's tattoo, the mythical argyle of evil.
--from "Reign of Snakes"
About the Author
Robert Wrigley is a recipient of numerous grants and fellowships. His sixth and most recent book, Lives of the Animals, won the 2004 Poets’ Prize.
Table of Contents
Reign of Snakes Part One: The Afterlife
Why Do the Crickets Sing?
Having Heard the Moon
Part Two: Amazing Grace
The Pumpkin Tree
The Theory and Practice of Fables
After the Flood
The Burned Cemetery
Part Three: Meditation at Bedrock Canyon
Reign of Snakes
Part Four: Night Music
Prayer for the Winter
Envoy: The Name