Margin: Exploring Modern Magical Realism

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"In a language waking from delirium, these astonishing poems offer -- in their
spare, raw, and pure lyric clarity -- the prayers of madness and the light of its
aftermath. Wright is a poet apart in his gifts and his courage."
~ Carolyn Forché

"At any one time only a handful of genuine poets reside on the planet. I consider
Franz Wright to be one of these, and I'm grateful that we have him among us."
~ Denis Johnson

"Franz Wright's poems, like Rilke's, are delicate and enigmatic, tormented and
tormenting. There are hard consolations on every page."
~ Mary Karr

"Writers who are genuinely original, who beat their own path, make up a kind of
visionary company, to which Franz Wright, with this new book, must clearly be
admitted. These poems seem haunted by their own dark imaginings, yet at surprising
moments turn all of a sudden humorous, if mordantly so. Reading them will train
readers to stay alert for whatever devastating surprises may be coming up next."
~ Donald Justice

Read an interview with the poet ~
Franz Wright on poetry as magical realism ~ (6 pages)

Read 12 selections of POETRY by Franz Wright


Photo by Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright

A B O U T    F R A N Z    W R I G H T
FROM THE inside back cover of The Beforelife: "Franz Wright, the son of the poet James Wright, was born in Vienna in 1953 and grew up in the Northwest, the Midwest, and northern California. His most recent works include Ill Lit: Selected & New Poems and an expanded edition of translations entitled The Unknown Rilke. He has been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Whiting Fellowship, and the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, among other honors. He lives in Waltham, Massachusetts, with his wife, Elizabeth."

Poetry Books by Franz Wright: Tapping the White Cane of Solitude (1976); The Earth Without You (1980); 8 Poems (1981); The One Whose Eyes Open When You Close Your Eyes (1982); Going North in Winter (1986); Entry in an Unknown Hand (1989); And Still the Hand Will Sleep in Its Glass Ship (1991); Midnight Postscript (1992); The Night World & the Word Night (1993); Rorschach Test (1995); Ill Lit: Selected & New Poems (1998); Knell (1999).

Translations by Franz Wright: Jarmila. Flies: 10 Prose Poems by Erica Pedretti (1976); The Life of Mary (poems by Rainer Maria Rilke, 1981); The Unknown Rilke (1983); No Siege Is Absolute (poems by René Char, 1984); The Unknown Rilke: Expanded Edition (1991).

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