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Negative Blue: Selected Later Poems

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The culmination of the cycle that won Wright the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award

Time will append us like suit coats left out overnight
On a deck chair, loose change dead weight in the right pocket,
Silk handkerchief limp with dew,
sleeves in a slow dance with the wind.
And love will kill us--
Love, and the winds from under the earth
that grind us to grain
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 9th 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2000)
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Jessica
Aug 31, 2009 Jessica rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite poets of all time. This book was gorgeous and brilliant in many places, but a surprising number of clunkers so that I wish I could give it a 4.5. A tree undergoing chemotherapy, for instance, was an image that caused me to cringe. Most of the clunkers had to do with ascribing human illnesses and/or prescriptions to natural phenomena.

ON the other hand, Charles Wright is a master almost all of the time.
Keli Wright
Jan 16, 2015 Keli Wright rated it really liked it
This is the first Charles Wright collection I've read. I appreciated the natural imagery, the interesting mix of backyard and international vantage points, the reaction pieces to his reading material. There were many "moments" as I read, and a few full poems that really spoke to me. There were also times when I thought "there's that arborvitae, again...."

What appeals to me most is the recurrent theme of internal spiritual/religious struggle and Wright's facility in connecting the natural with th
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S.
Mar 12, 2015 S. rated it really liked it
Not a book to whizz through. Much of this is sublime, as Charles Wright is sublime. I love his poetry. At times, though, some of it started to seem like itself, all fine and true to one's art, but occasionally a slog for the reader.
Mike
Oct 22, 2008 Mike rated it it was amazing
Wright's best single collection of poems. His verse is a mystic reading of landscapes physical and spiritual.

It's kind of like tossing Walt Whitman and Lao Tzu in the large hadron collider.
Greg Converse
Aug 15, 2011 Greg Converse rated it really liked it
What a great poet, I thought. What a way to write a poem.
S.D. Johnson
Jun 02, 2016 S.D. Johnson rated it it was amazing
Already have 2 of 3 of the works from which these poems are culled. Yup, I just got it for its amazing cover, featuring The Creation and the Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise by Giovanni di Paolo, even more beautiful in hardcover.
Patrick Mcgee
Jan 17, 2016 Patrick Mcgee rated it it was amazing
Charles Wright great as always.
Maegan Wendt
Jun 11, 2015 Maegan Wendt rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite poets
Melissa
Jun 18, 2007 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I like the wordiness and the layers of adjectives just falling all over each other.
Robert Rhodes
Mar 28, 2008 Robert Rhodes rated it really liked it
A great compendium of Charles Wright's poetry
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Apr 25, 2012 Abraham added it
Shelves: poetry
So far it is pretty good.
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