A Short History of the Shadow

Poems

Charles Wright

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Luminous new poems from the author of "The Appalachian Book of the Dead"

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.
-"Body and Soul II"

This is Charles Wright's first collection of verse since the completion of his Appalachian Book of the Dead, the trilogy of trilogies hailed as one "among the great long poems of the century" (James Longenbach, Boston Review). Wright speaks in these poems with characteristic charm, restlessness, and wit, writing again and again, "I sit where I always sit," only to reveal himself in a new setting every time. 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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"There are precious few poets in whose work I find as much sheer wisdom as in Wright's ... The whole world seems to orbit in a kind of meditative, slow circle around Wright's grave influence." -David Baker, Poetry

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Charles Wright

Charles Wright has won, among other honors, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Book Award, and the Academy of American Poets' 1996 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. He teaches at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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A Short History of the Shadow
Poems
Charles Wright

Hardcover

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

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Trade Paperback
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
July 2014
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466877450
ISBN10: 1466877456
96 pages
$7.99
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