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Daisy FriedFranz Wright is uningratiating, bumptiously witty, inexhaustibly joyless and routinely surprising. Individual moments—this line break, that bit of syntax—fascinate even when individual poems fail to assert themselves as memorable. But Wright's dark epiphanies, surging sincerities and ironic outbursts build incrementally from poem to poem…Wright's poems sometimes feel insufficient, but also, in that insufficiency, authentic. Is there really any such thing as reconciliation? the poet seems to ask, even as he yearns for reconciliation. Anyone else might have come to terms with this quandary years ago. But poetry, like quandaries, should be unsolvable. What's bothersome about Franz Wright is what keeps his poetry alive, and makes him worth coming back and back to.
—The New York Times