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Negative Blue: Selected Later Poems

4.37 of 5 stars 4.37  ·  rating details  ·  149 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 9th 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2000)
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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
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
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.
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
What a great poet, I thought. What a way to write a poem.
I like the wordiness and the layers of adjectives just falling all over each other.
Robert Rhodes
A great compendium of Charles Wright's poetry
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