The Description for this book, Selected Poems of Jay Wright, will be forthcoming.
Library JournalWright has said that the aim of his poetry is to discover the weave of things already woven; but the expanse of his weave is far greater than most poets lay claim to, embracing the polyglot history and myth of white, black, and Indian in this hemisphere. Wright is an intellectual poet, a poet's poet, upon whose tabula rasa may be read influences of Dante, Eliot, the African griots, Alejo Carpentier, and Nicolas Guillen. Whole stanzas of one poem are in Italian, and another includes long excerpts from black astronomer Benjamin Banneker's letters to Jefferson cautioning him on exchanging one form of tyranny for another. Tackling Wright's poetry is no mean task but may well be worth the effort for readers of a universalist bent. Jack Shreve, Humanities Dept., Allegany Community Coll., Cumberland, Md.
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