A Short History of the Shadow by Charles Wright
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Luminous new poems from the author of "The Appalachian Book of the Dead"

Landscape, as Wang Wei says, softens the sharp edges of isolation.
Don't just do something, sit there.
And so I have, so I have,
the seasons curling around me like smoke,
Gone to the end of the earth and back without a sound.
-"Body and Soul II"

This is Charles Wright's first collection of verse since the completion of his Appalachian Book of the Dead, the trilogy of trilogies hailed as one "among the great long poems of the century" (James Longenbach, Boston Review). Wright speaks in these poems with characteristic charm, restlessness, and wit, writing again and again, "I sit where I always sit," only to reveal himself in a new setting every time. In A Short History of the Shadow Wright's return to the landscapes of his early work finds his art resilient in a world haunted by death and the dead.
 

About Charles Wright

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Charles Wright has won, among other honors, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Book Award, and the Academy of American Poets' 1996 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. He teaches at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
 
Published April 7, 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 96 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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As he tracks major transitions in the two linked “experiments” of agriculture and civilization that coincided with the opening of a favorable climate window in Neolithic times, Wright is logical and penetrating: The former wheat fields of Mesopotamia’s fertile crescent are now salt pans and flood...

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No attentive reader would ever mistake Wright's evocative, sprawling poems for poems by anyone else;

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For the past decade or so, April has become even crueler paradoxically enough because of the Academy of American Poets' proclamation of it as National Poetry Month.While the brief and slightly heightened attention paid to poetry during these 30 days is, of course, welcome, it also serves to remin...

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