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Transfigurations: Collected Poems

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Few poets have as much to tell us about the intricate relationship between the African American past and present as Jay Wright. His poems weave a rich fabric of personal history using diverse materials drawn from African, Native American, and European sources. Scholarly, historical, intuitive, and emotional, his work explores territories in which rituals of psychological ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Lsu Press (first published October 5th 2000)
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Katie
Apr 24, 2008 Katie rated it it was amazing
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Come every half century, the world is graced with the intelligence/spirit of genius. A friend of mine gave me 'Transfigurations' and after the first three poems, I put it down. He said try it again. I tried. After the same three poems plus one I put it down. He said this time, complete the whole thing and he would fly me to NY to see the writer speak BECUASE when finished, all I'd want to do is hear his voice live. Sure enough, one evening after a long stretch of not reading, I completed the ...more
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One of the greatest living poets. In the league of Ashbery and Hill. I enjoy him more than those other two, however.
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“You are always
in the beginning
of some prophecy
that you will not believe
to save your life.

You travel in cities
that travel in you,
lost in the ache
of knowing none.”
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I am the measure of the house.
I sleep with my grainy eyes
plucking the shadows from the room.”
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