Nipping at the heels of his powerful God's Silence
(2006), Wright's new book reexamines the origins of an innovative thinker and poet. Solitude, death, addiction, aging, and unseen presences ghost the pages of this collection, which highlights Wright's earlier poems. An "old soul" wisdom is present even in the twentysomething poet in his first book, and this collection verifies Wright's enormous talent from the get-go. Yet it also emphasizes how carefully Wright nurtured that talent into a commanding, mature poetic voice and vision. From empty streets to bus stations to reading rooms where the "other" may dwell, Wright's earnest searches, unflinching observations, and hard-won revelations seem subtle but are potently rousing. He achieves a level of balance between the unseen and seen, the lost and found, that, like Rilke's simultaneous sense of "stone in you and star," is masterful, to say the least. This volume is definitely one for poetry lovers. Janet St. JohnCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
“[Wright’s] hard-won revelations seem subtle but are potently rousing. He achieves a level of balance between the unseen and seen, the lost and found, that, like Rilke’s simultaneous sense of ‘stone in you and star,’ is masterful to say the least.” —Booklist
“Wright propels his work forward with clear details, brutally forthright self-knowledge, and a sense of being lost in America familiar even to the most found of us.” —Chicago TribuneFrom the Trade Paperback edition.