The selected works of one of our finest American poets
The thread that dangles us
between a dark and a darker dark,
Is luminous, sure, but smooth sided.
Don’t touch it here, and don’t touch it there.
Don’t touch it, in fact, anywhere
Let it dangle and hold us hard, let it flash and swing.
from “Scar Tissue”
Over the course of his workmore than twenty books in totalCharles Wright has built “one of the truly distinctive bodies of poetry created in the second half of the twentieth century” (David Young, Contemporary Poets). Oblivion Banjo, a capacious new selection spanning his decades-long career, showcases the central themes of Wright’s poetry: “language, landscape, and the idea of God.” No matter the precise subject of each poem, on display here is a vast and rich interior life, a mind wrestling with the tenuous relationship between the ways we describe the world and its reality.
The recipient of almost every honor in poetrythe Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Bollingen Prize, to name a fewand a former poet laureate of the United States, Wright is an essential voice in American letters. Oblivion Banjo is the perfect distillation of his inimitable careerfor devout fans and newcomers alike.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)|
About the Author
Charles Wright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Book Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and the Bollingen Prize for Poetry, lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was the 50th U.S. Poet Laureate from 2014 to 2015, and his poetry collections include Country Music, Black Zodiac, Chickamauga, and Caribou.