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Scar Tissue

Poems

Charles Wright

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Hard to imagine that no one counts,
that only things endure.
Unlike the seasons, our shirts don't shed,
Whatever we see does not see us,
however hard we look,
The rain in its silver earrings against the oak trunks,
The rain in its second skin.
--from "Scar Tissue II"

In his new collection, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright investigates the tenuous relationship between description and actuality--"thing is not an image"--but also reaffirms the project of attempting to describe, to capture the natural world and the beings in it, although he reminds us that landscape is not his subject matter but his technique: that language was always his subject--language and "the ghost of god." And in the dolomites, the clouds, stars, wind, and water that populate these poems, "something un-ordinary persists."

Scar Tissue is a groundbreaking work from a poet who "illuminates and exalts the entire astonishing spectrum of existence" (Booklist).

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Appalachian Farewell

Sunset in Appalachia, bituminous bulwark

Against the western skydrop.

An Advent of gold and green, an Easter of ashes.

If night is our last address,

This is the place we moved from,

Backs on fire, our futures hard-edged and sure to arrive.

These are the towns our lives abandoned,

Wind in our faces,

The idea of incident like a box beside us on the Trailways seat.

And where were we headed for? The country of Narrative, that dark territory

Which spells out our stories in sentences, which gives them an

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"Challenging, companionable, [and] rewarding. It would be difficult these days to find a book that comes close to it in energy or engagement." -Richard Rand, The Harvard Review

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • 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.
  • Charles Wright © Holly Wright
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Scar Tissue

Poems

Charles Wright

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