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The Wrong End of the Rainbow: Poems (Quarternote Chapbook Series) [Paperback]

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"Wright has a hunk of the ineffable in his teeth and he won't let go. In poem after poem, he plumbs our deepest relationships with nature, time, love, death, creation. Wright's search breaks all the barriers of time, space, action, for its dramatic narrative simply refuses to acknowledge the usual unities, as though all time were this time, all places this place and all actions one."-Philip Levine, from his citation for the 1996 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.

Charles Wright was named chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 1999 and has won a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Critics Circle Prize and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Since 1983, he has been at the University of Virginia.

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Pages   39
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2005
Publisher   Sarabande Books
ISBN  1932511121  
ISBN13  9781932511123  

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More About Charles Wright

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Charles Wright was born in 1935. He attended Davidson College, The University of Iowa, and the University of Rome. He has taught at the University of California, Irvine; the University of Iowa; Princeton University; Columbia University; and Universita' Degli Studi, Florence, Italy. Since 1983, he has been at the University of Virginia.

Charles Wright currently resides in Denver, in the state of Colorado.

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All reprinted in Scar Tissue  Jun 3, 2007
If you're a completist, I guess you'll want a copy of this chapbook. All the poems showed up in a later volume, SCAR TISSUE.

Great writer.
A very good effort  Jan 20, 2007
Charles Wright, the Bard of Appalachia, has put forth an excellent effort in this chapbook (a previous reviewer referred to this as a "booklet" which is incorrect). A man who can often be found safely within the confines of "nature poetry," Wright infuses into his poetry a keen eye for detail as well as a skepticism of change and our role in shaping our surroundings.

By the way, even if you don't like his poetry, take the chance to hear him read if he is doing so near you. His strong Tennessee/North Carolina accent is still strong despite his years in Iowa, California, and New York.
Wrong End Indeed  Jun 11, 2005

Wrights new collection, (a booklet of thirty-nine pages) is appropriately titled. The implication is that a pot of gold is missing at the end of the journey, so what is there? More of the same. Specifically, the same observation of nature, the same artful morphing of landscape into syllables and other language references - the same Christian allusions artfully placed.
Wright's genius, and subsequent gift to us, has been his ability to articulate the paradox of spiritual absence (in life and in the clichés of spirituality) and spiritual presence (in the natural world, in memory, in language) - and to do so with elegance. After "A Short History of the Shadow" demonstrated the utmost refinement of Wright's art, and "Buffalo Yoga" showed that he could also work in abstract expressionism, he has unfortunately followed the rainbow the wrong end. These poems read like very good Wright imitation, and offer nothing new beyond what was already mined in "Shadow."
There is still incredible skill and beauty in these lines, but the meaning is unchanged, and the booklet has no immediacy, and none of the gravitational pull associated with everything from "Grave of the Right Hand" forward. Its title is possibly the most artful phrase in this work, and a perfect description of the rest of the contents.

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