A Short History of the Shadow

A Short History of the Shadow

by Charles Wright
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A Short History of the Shadow by Charles Wright

Luminous new poems from one who "has long been a poet of gorgeous description" —William Logan, The New Criterion

Landscape, as Wang Wei says, softens the sharp edges of isolation.
Don't just do something, sit there.
And so I have, so I have,
the seasons curling around me like smoke,
Gone to the end of the earth and back without a sound.—from "Body and Soul II"

This is Charles Wright's first collection of verse since the gathering, in Negative Blue, of his "Appalachian Book of the Dead," a trilogy of trilogies hailed "among the great long poems of the century" (James Longenbach, Boston Review). In A Short History of the Shadow, Wright's return to the landscapes of his early work finds his art resilient in a world haunted by death and the dead.

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ISBN-13: 9780374528799
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 04/02/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

Charles Wright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award, teaches at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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After the completion Charles Wright's 'trilogy of trilogies,' it's tempting to read this volume as a mere epilogue. But, as those familiar with Wright's career know, he really began to come into his own in the recent Negative Blue trilogy. In _A Short History of the Shadow_, we are given one of our time's most important poets at his most luminous, his most capable, his most daring. Especially wonderful are 'Why, It's as Pretty as a Picture,' the two 'Body and Soul' poems, and 'Via Negativa.' If you're not familiar with Wright's work, though, you should probably read some of the earlier work (The World of the Ten Thousand Things or Negative Blue) first -- it will heighten your appreciation of this book.