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Earlier Poems

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  87 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The haunting collection of poems that gathers the first four books of Pulitzer winner Franz Wright under one cover, where “fans old and new will find a feast amid famine” (Publishers Weekly), and discover how large this poet’s gift was from the start.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 14th 2009 by Knopf (first published May 8th 2007)
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Patricia Murphy
It's so much fun to read these early poems and think of them in comparison to some of Wright's later work like . Some of them, for me, read like Rilke translations. Here are some of my favorite lines:

And I turn my face from that awful forgiveness.

large house gliding slowly through town on a platform a foot off the ground

And how much courage it requires to get up in the morning and dress yourself. Nobody congratulates you!

until the jewels roll out of my eyes.

Under anesthesia I walk along a sunfl
Sarah Marzuki
Seeing Alone

Seeing alone
was a door
I walked through
into a higher
and more affectionate
world, dim trees I come upon walking here
rustling invisibly
A compilation of earlier published books by this Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry. Wright's poems are beautiful, dark, scary, haunting. But the poems are never without hope or go dwindling into constant despair. They are exploring these feelings, not simply exploiting them for the sake of a beautiful line (though the book is full of stunning lines). It is an amazing collection by a wonderful poet and I highly recommend it.
Mar 20, 2010 Liam rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
This feels like poetry written by a destitute or homeless or semi-homeless person. A drifter. Focuses on small moments and death.
amazing collection. my favorite next to dylan thomas

Brian Foley
wounded poetry at its pretty good-ist.
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Born in Vienna, Franz Wright is the author of fourteen collections of poetry. Walking to Martha's Vineyard (Knopf 2003) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. His newest collections, God’s Silence, and Earlier Poems were published by Knopf in, 2006 & 2007. Wright’s other books include The Beforelife (2001), Ill Lit: New and Selected Poems (1998), Rorschach Test (1995), The Night World and the Word Ni ...more
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