Steal Away: Selected and New Poemsby C. D. Wright
Now in paperback, Steal Away presents C.D. Wright’s best lyrics, narratives, prose poems, and odes with new "retablos" and a bracing vigil on incarceration. Long admired as a fearless poet writing authentically erotic verse, Wright—with her Southern accent and cinematic eye—couples strangeness with uncanny accuracy to create poems that/i>
Now in paperback, Steal Away presents C.D. Wright’s best lyrics, narratives, prose poems, and odes with new "retablos" and a bracing vigil on incarceration. Long admired as a fearless poet writing authentically erotic verse, Wright—with her Southern accent and cinematic eye—couples strangeness with uncanny accuracy to create poems that "offer a once-and-for-all thing, opaque and revelatory, ceaselessly burning."
from "Our Dust"
You didn’t know my weariness, error, incapacity,
I was the poet
of shadow work and towns with quarter-inch
phone books, of failed
roadside zoos. The poet of yard eggs and
jobs at the weapons plant and the Maybelline
factory on the penitentiary road.
"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
"Wright shrinks back from nothing."—Voice Literary Supplement
"C.D. Wright is a devastating visionary. She writes in light. She sets language on fire."—American Letters
C.D. Wright has published nine collections of poetry and earned many awards, including the Lannan Literary Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She teaches at Brown University and in 1994 was named State Poet of Rhode Island. With her husband, Forrest Gander, she edits Lost Roads Publishers.
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- We live on a hillside
- close to water
- We eat in darkness
- We sleep in the coldest
- part of the house
- We love in silence
- We keep our poetry
- locked in a glass cabinet
- Some nights We stay up
- passing it back and
- between us
- drinking deep
- close to water
Meet the Author
C.D. Wright, a Professor of English at Brown University, is the author of eleven books of poetry, as well as several collaborative works with photographer Deborah Luster, most recently One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana. She has earned fellowships from the MacArthur and Guggenheim foundations, and is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award. She lives in Rhode Island.
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Review of Steal Away by Mighael on October 27, 2011, Hollingsworth Carolyn "C.D." Wright is an amazing poet and she has produced many wonderful poems throughout this book. Each of her poems is very creative and has a deep overall meaning that grabs the reader's attention. Her inviolable lyrics were inspired by her creative mind and the mountainous surroundings she had grown to love in Arkansas. Her poem "Tours", one of my favorites, talks about a girl witnessing her mother being abused. Carolyn used her words beautifully and had a deep meaning when she finished it off saying "Someone putting their tongue where their tooth had been." That was so inspiration and was saying that most people keep quiet when they witness things like those. Even though I'm struggling to interpret the poems, I still am engaged in every word my eyes come across. This book of poems range to various topics anywhere from: death, to abusive relationships, to love. This Fiction masterpiece is definitely entertaining and it was very informative for me. I am a young learning poet and this increased my knowledge tremendously and influenced many new ideas. I certainly would recommend this book to anyone, but especially aspiring poets. I loved this book a lot and I am going to follow up on C.D. Wright's other books also, because she is a brilliant poet.