The Lost Roads Project: A Walk-in Book of Arkansas

The Lost Roads Project: A Walk-in Book of Arkansas

by C. D. Wright
     
 

Poet C. D. Wright and photographer Deborah Luster have compiled a literary map of Arkansas and an unparalleled guidebook to its writers and the surroundings. Produced for "The Lost Roads Project," a walk-in exhibit of Arkansas as a state of letters, this map and catalog document the most significant places and authors in Arkansas's literary history. The Guidebook

Overview

Poet C. D. Wright and photographer Deborah Luster have compiled a literary map of Arkansas and an unparalleled guidebook to its writers and the surroundings. Produced for "The Lost Roads Project," a walk-in exhibit of Arkansas as a state of letters, this map and catalog document the most significant places and authors in Arkansas's literary history. The Guidebook is replete with photographs, biographies, excerpts from novels and stories, poetry collections, and memoirs. With over 150 writers listed, the Reader's Map includes poets, country and blues songwriters, short fiction writers, novelists, historians, folklorists, and humorists. Each entry lists the author's life span, genre of work, birthplace, and bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With her opening words, Wright ( String Light ) introduces ``the body, alive, not dead but dormant.'' A few lines later, the body is asked to take off its panties. This sensual image of the would-be naked female pervades the volume, as the poet deftly uses repetition and slight variation to keep readers attentive to what might otherwise be a difficult book to follow. The work is predominantly in prose-poem form, and some of the clearest insights into Wright's process are contained within structured line breaks. Thus she looks longingly back at the old days, when bodies were naked, and insists that the same body that had refused to remove its panties ``has the right to remain naked.'' The body becomes pregnant; the moment of giving birth is hauntingly articulated: ``pressure of rock on the chest . . . tremendous fall of rock.'' Later, the nondescript voice says there was ``something about'' a country drive, a gas station, clothes found in weeds--alluding to rape and murder. While the structure of this long cyclical poem demonstrates Wright's affinities with the Language poets, her work might best be understood alongside female performance artists who direct attention to the body. Photos not seen by PW. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557283627
Publisher:
University of Arkansas Press
Publication date:
07/28/1994
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

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