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Zone Journals

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Charles Wright called his seventh collection Zone Journals to emphasize how the poems draw on time and place as their starting point. But despite the air of immediacy and informality, they are artfully composed, informed as always by Wright's profound sense of subliminal order.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1988)
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Kept this by my bedside for about a year, thumbing through it regularly . Love it. Will read it many more times.

Aug. '11: Gave this collection my first single-sitting reading today and love it even more. Here, Wright sits with his ear pressed to the heart of the world waiting for cryptic messages he knows he will never fully understand. Most of the poems here--especially the long-form "Journal of the Year of the Ox"--feel quilted, with weighty aphorisms stitched beside casual remembrances and en
Jared Colley
I don't typically read that much poetry, but Charles Wright is one that's stuck with me. All his books are beautiful and compelling; this one really impacted me more than the others. His poetry is abstract, spiritual, and engaged with nature. Reading his words feels like effortless meditation, and there's much wisdom in his insight, observation, & feeling.

Here's one of many amazing passages in the book:
"Inside the self is another self like a black hole / Constantly dying, pulling parts of ou
James Grinwis
Thank God for Charles Wright. I know of few poets who can translate contemplative solitude into astounding verse in the ways he does. This is a book to be read and re-read and stay around a long while...

"And Death, a tiny o of blackness/
Waits like an eye for us to fall through its retina...."

"What makes us leave what we love best?//
What is inside us that keeps erasing itself/
When we need it most...."
Dustin Kurtz
Perhaps Wright's best, standing up as a single book even against full Collected editions of his poetry.
Patrick Mcgee
Charles Wright's poems are divine. That is all.
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