A Short History of the Shadow

Poems

Charles Wright

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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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“[Wright] finds the sublime in the unlikeliest places, and at his best makes you think such places are exactly where to look.”—William Logan, The New Criterion

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Charles Wright

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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A Short History of the Shadow
Poems
Charles Wright

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
April 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374528799
ISBN10: 0374528799
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 96 pages
$13.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2002
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ISBN: 9780374263027
ISBN10: 0374263027
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 96 pages
$20.00

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July 2014
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ISBN: 9781466877450
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96 pages
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