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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 work--more than twenty books in total--Char 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 work--more than twenty books in total--Charles 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 poetry--the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Bollingen Prize, to name a few--and 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 career--for devout fans and newcomers alike.


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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 work--more than twenty books in total--Char 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 work--more than twenty books in total--Charles 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 poetry--the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Bollingen Prize, to name a few--and 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 career--for devout fans and newcomers alike.

47 review for Oblivion Banjo: The Poetry of Charles Wright

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hank

    Read this before bed throughout this pandemic year. Wright's language brought me an immeasurable amount of joy and comfort. Here's Dan Chiasson writing about his prolific output: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20... Read this before bed throughout this pandemic year. Wright's language brought me an immeasurable amount of joy and comfort. Here's Dan Chiasson writing about his prolific output: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Frank Hoppe

    Returned to library at about page 100. I liked a lot of it, but I have to work up to that much poetry in one fell swoop. I'm not so adept at discerning poetic forms and meters, so I focus on a couple of other things instead. First, tracking down allusions I recognize as allusions. My poetic depth of knowledge is slim enough that I recognize the vast bulk of these just slide on by me. Second, discovering the meanings of words I don't recognize. These two goals boil down to trying to "get" any jok Returned to library at about page 100. I liked a lot of it, but I have to work up to that much poetry in one fell swoop. I'm not so adept at discerning poetic forms and meters, so I focus on a couple of other things instead. First, tracking down allusions I recognize as allusions. My poetic depth of knowledge is slim enough that I recognize the vast bulk of these just slide on by me. Second, discovering the meanings of words I don't recognize. These two goals boil down to trying to "get" any jokes or other gems that might otherwise be hidden from me. Lastly, I focus on luxuriating in compelling bits as they strike both my eye and ear. At this point in my poetic self education, that's enough.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Evan

    "So many have come and gone, undone like a rhinestone cowboy, Dazzle and snuff, Lord, dazzle and snuff, In a two-bit rodeo. The entrance to hell is just a tiny hole in the ground, The size of an old pecan, soul-sized, horizon-sized. Thousands go through it each day before the mist clears thousands one by one you're next." "So many have come and gone, undone like a rhinestone cowboy, Dazzle and snuff, Lord, dazzle and snuff, In a two-bit rodeo. The entrance to hell is just a tiny hole in the ground, The size of an old pecan, soul-sized, horizon-sized. Thousands go through it each day before the mist clears thousands one by one you're next."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brian Beatty

    Some of the lines got a little long for my tastes, but the quality of observation and the control of language consistently amazed.

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