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Walking to Martha's Vineyard by Franz Wright
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Nov 15, 09


Somebody mention F Wright to me the other day, and I thought, I've never read his work, so I gave this one a shot. I think it's decent-- these are well constructed poems of religious contemplation, alternating with poems about coming to terms with an absent father (the poet J Wright). I do feel like the religious poems lack the kind of angry passion I think characterizes the best religious poets like, I don't know, George Herbert. They seem a little easy, actually, with less of the wrestling with God, the fight that sets in when you don't want to submit. These poems seem more than ready to heel, roll over, and show their throat. I'm not sure that's a problem, really, but given the spiky lines and etc that Wright works in, I wanted a little more fight from the poems.

The daddy poems were, by and large, better for me, because they were more bruised and beaten up, like they had more to lose.

A solid book of poems, but one I doubt I'll revisit.
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