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Wheeling Motel Hardcover – September 15, 2009

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Once more the Pulitzer Prize–winning Wright (God's Silence) delves into his own exceptionally troubled past and comes up with fractured and frightening—but also well-constructed and self-aware—poems about his former addictions, his inner depths and his recovery, giving thanks to his wife and to the Christian God. I don't want to see a doctor/ I want to kill a doctor, one poem opens. And this is my alone/ song, it isn't/ long. Wright's poetry of extremes has attracted both a wide audience and a sophisticated one: he speaks with terse authority about religious transcendence, crushing and even suicidal depression and well-known drug troubles—Pretty soon you won't be doing that to get high./ You'll be doing it to get dressed. If this collection differs from earlier volumes, it is in the kind and degree of attention that Wright pays to his father, the poet James Wright: There's this line in an unpublished poem of yours./ The river is like that,/ a blind familiar. Family matters, like much else, give Wright bleak grief: he turns, as he has often done in recent years, to religious faith, exploring his doubts but returning to his belief: The world didn't give me this/ word, but// the world cannot take it away. (Sept.)
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“These new poems refract the light of the poet’s insightful, humorous, and often humble gaze in ways that are surprising and rewarding.” —America

“Uningratiating, bumptiously witty . . . and routinely surprising.” —The New York Times Book Review


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; First Edition edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307265684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307265685
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,662,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Franz Wright's recent works include Earlier Poems, God's Silence, and The Beforelife (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize). In 2004 his Walking to Martha's Vineyard received the Pulitzer Prize. He has been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Fellowship, and the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, among other honors. He currently lives in Waltham, Massachusetts, with his wife, the translator and writer Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edith Hankel on November 3, 2010
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Franz Wright's work gets both sparer and deeper but remains as startling as ever. He's found a faith that never seems to ooze out of his poems but instead gives a place to stand while he looks at a world both painful and beautiful. This is a remarkable follow-up to the sharp-edged poems in "God's Silence" -- the poems are no less sharp in their clarity, but you can't slit your wrists with these. Read "Association," for example, where Wright says, "Dawns when I can't sleep I walk,/in thought, all the way/around Walden.//My father loved Thoreau, I wish/he could have walked there/ with me once,//My hungover Virgil."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hard Cover on July 21, 2012
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When I found Wheeling Motel I felt as though lightning had struck my soul. Wright's poetry was a turning point for me. This is deep poetry,the stuff that lives in the shadows and begs for the light of day.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Ahearn on September 15, 2009
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Franz Wright is the poet of our generation.
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