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I will not say the poetry is "bad," "weak," or "forgettable." Rather, there were some good lines among a garble of unrelated ones, poems that ended abruptly, forced enjambments, histrionic endings. I read poem after poem searching for the magnitude I encountered in the poet of Walking to Martha's Vineyard, and I did not find it in this collection.
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 ...moreMore about Franz Wright