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"Wright belongs to a school of exactly one."—The New York Times Book Review

"Wright has found a way to wed fragments of an iconic America to a luminously strange idiom, eerie as a tin whistle."—The New Yorker

Investigative journalism is the poet's realm when C.D. Wright returns to her native Arkansas and examines an explosive incident from the Civil Rights movement. Wright interweaves oral histories, hymns, lists, newspaper accounts, and ...

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Overview

"Wright belongs to a school of exactly one."—The New York Times Book Review

"Wright has found a way to wed fragments of an iconic America to a luminously strange idiom, eerie as a tin whistle."—The New Yorker

Investigative journalism is the poet's realm when C.D. Wright returns to her native Arkansas and examines an explosive incident from the Civil Rights movement. Wright interweaves oral histories, hymns, lists, newspaper accounts, and personal memories—especially those of her incandescent mentor, Mrs. Vititow—with the voices of witnesses, neighbors, police, activists, and black students who were rounded up and detained in an empty public swimming pool. This history leaps howling off the page.

I can walk down the highway unarmed Scott Bond, born a slave, became a millionaire. Wouldn't you like to run wild.
Run free. The Very Reverend Al Green hailed from here. Sonny Liston a few miles west,
Sand Slough. Head hardened on hickory sticks.
The cool water is for white/ the sun-heated for black This chair is not for you [N-word]/ it is for the white buttock This textbook/ is nearly new/ is not for you [N-word]
This plot of ground does not hold black bones Today the sermon once again "Segregation After Death"

C.D. Wright has published a dozen books of poetry and prose, including the recent volumes One Big Self: An Investigation and Rising, Falling, Hovering, which received the Griffin Poetry Award. A MacArthur Fellow, Wright teaches at Brown University and lives outside Providence, Rhode Island.

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In 1969, a Tennessean known as “Sweet Willie Wine” led a small group of African-American men on a “walk against fear” through smalltown Arkansas. This event grounds Wright’s most recent blending of poetry and investigative journalism. A tribute to Wright’s mentor “V”--an autodidact, activist, and bourbon-swilling mother of eight, whose support for the march (“I would have followed Sweet Willie Wine into hell”) made her “a disaffiliated member of her race”--the book probes the limits and intersections of the personal and the political. Wright intersperses descriptions of the Arkansas landscape; her own journey researching; transcriptions from V, her family, and others who experienced the events of that violent summer; lists of prices (“the only sure thing in those days”); the weather (“temperatures in the 90s even after a shower”), newspaper headlines; and personal memories. Through juxtaposition and repetition, she weaves a compelling, disturbing, and often beautiful tapestry that at once questions the ability of language to get at the complicated truth of history (“because the warp is everywhere”), and underscores the ethical imperative to try. As Wright learns from V, “To act, just to act. That was the glorious thing.” (Oct.)
The New York Times Book Review
Wright belongs to a school of exactly one.
The New Yorker
Wright has found a way to wed fragments of an iconic America to a luminously strange idiom, eerie as a tin whistle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556593246
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

C.D. Wright: C.D. Wright has published a dozen works of poetry and prose, including the recent volumes One Big Self: An Investigation and Rising Falling Hovering. Among her many honors are the Robert Creeley Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. She teaches at Brown University and lives outside of Providence, Rhode Island.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    Do not get discouraged!

    When I first started reading this book I found it a bit hard to follow.
    I was very determined to read until I gained a greater understanding of it, and before I knew it I was done with the book!
    It was an excellent read; I recommend it to everyone.
    It doubles as an amazing poem, and a very well researched article.
    Being an aspiring poet and journalist; I connected to it rather well.

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