Walking to Martha's Vineyard

Walking to Martha's Vineyard


Book - 2005
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In this radiant new collection, Franz Wright shares his regard for life in all its forms and his belief in the promise of blessing and renewal. As he watches the "Resurrection of the little apple tree outside / my window," he shakes off his fear of mortality, concluding "what death . . . There is only / mine / or yours,- / but the world / will be filled with the living." In prayerlike poems he invokes the one "who spoke the world / into being" and celebrates a dazzling universe-snowflakes descending at nightfall, the intense yellow petals of the September sunflower, the planet adrift in a blizzard of stars, the simple mystery of loving other people. As Wright overcomes a natural tendency toward loneliness and isolation, he gives voice to his hope for "the only animal that commits suicide," and, to our deep pleasure, he arrives at a place of gratitude that is grounded in the earth and its moods.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2005.
Edition: First paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780375710018
Branch Call Number: 811.6 W931
Characteristics: ix, 75 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 10, 2010

Franz Wright is incredibly gifted at saying something interesting in the simplest and most common of words, the sparest of poems. Flowery he is not. Many of these poems concern their speaker's--a person suffering from clinical depression or something similar, a person I can't help picturing in a hospital gown and scuffs, fragile but grateful that his heavy misery is lifting in little gulps--experience of God. They made me think, also, of Rilke's Book of Hours.

Dec 06, 2007

Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer prize for poetry.


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