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A Wild Perfection: The Selected Letters of James Wright [Paperback]

By Anne Wright (Editor), Jonathan Blunk (Editor) & Saundra Rose Maley (Editor)
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Pages   633
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2008
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819568724  
EAN  9780819568724  

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"There is something about the very form and occasion of a letter--the possibility it offers, the chance to be as open and tentative and uncertain as one likes and also the chance to formulate certain ideas, very precisely--if one is lucky in one's thoughts," wrote James Wright, one of the great lyric poets of the last century, in a letter. A Wild Perfection is a riveting collection that captures the exhilarating and moving correspondence between Wright and his many friends. In the letters to fellow poets Donald Hall, Theodore Roethke, Galway Kinnell, James Dickey, Mary Oliver, and Robert Bly, Wright explored many subjects, poetic and personal, from his creative process to his struggles with depression and illness. Bright threads of wit, gallantry, and passion for describing his travels and his beloved natural world run through all these letters, which together form an epistolary chronicle of a significant part of the mid-century American poetry renaissance, as well as the clearest biographical picture now available of this major American poet.

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The Truth of James Wright  Feb 7, 2008
"A Wild Perfection: The Selected Letters of James Wright" is one of the most entertaining collections of American literary correspondence since Flannery O'Connor's "Habit of Being." The letters of poet and teacher James Wright, which have been selected and edited by his wife, Anne, and Professor Saundra Rose Maley, begin when he's a young man in the army in 1946 and continue through until his death by cancer in 1980.

If there is one salient trait that comes through in these letters, it is his deep compassion for others, the sense that James Wright was really a very nice guy. Despite bouts of poverty and chronic alcoholism, he never waxed cynical about the world or those around him.

His correspondence includes letters to Robert Bly, James Dickey, Mary Oliver, and Theodore Roethke, and Wright is at his most entertaining when he is related daily anecdotes.

In a letter to his friend, the poet Donald Hall, Wright wrote: "Whatever a poet has been in the past, right now he is defined, to me, as a man who has both the power and the courage to see, and then, to show, the truth through words. If I'm a bad poet, that means a liar."

The truth of James Wright resounds throughout these letters.
Labor of Love  Oct 30, 2006
This volume is full of beautiful letters by a poet whom loved poetry as much as his own dear life. I can't recommend this book enough for everyone who is a fan of Wright, but also to aspiring writers for it contains a wealth of instruction. His letters to Robert Bly are particularly interesting. Of all the "letters of" books I have read, this is by far the best.

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