• Title: Country Music: Selected Early Poems
  • Author: Charles Wright David St. John
  • ISBN: 9780819512017
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • Country Music Selected Early Poems Co winner of the National Book Award for Poetry Country Music is comprised of eighty eight poems selected from Charles Wright s first four books published between and From his first bo
    Co winner of the 1983 National Book Award for Poetry, Country Music is comprised of eighty eight poems selected from Charles Wright s first four books published between 1970 and 1977 From his first book, The Grave of the Right Hand, to the extraordinary China Trace, this selection of early works represents Charles Wright s grand passions his desire to reclaim and redeemCo winner of the 1983 National Book Award for Poetry, Country Music is comprised of eighty eight poems selected from Charles Wright s first four books published between 1970 and 1977 From his first book, The Grave of the Right Hand, to the extraordinary China Trace, this selection of early works represents Charles Wright s grand passions his desire to reclaim and redeem a personal past, to make a reckoning with his present, and to conjure the terms by which we might face the future, writes David St John in the forward These poems, powerful and moving in their own right, lend richness and insight to Wright s recently collected later works In Country Music we see the same explosive imagery, the same dismantled and concentric or parallel narratives, the same resolutely spiritual concerns that have become so familiar to us in Wright s recent poetry, writes St John.

    One Reply to “Country Music: Selected Early Poems”

    1. A first-rate collection by Charles Wright. Wright's poetry is spiritual without being self-righteous or self-indulgent. "When he lies down, the waters will lie down with him, And all that walks and all that stands still, and sleep through the thunder."He is true to nature's imagery but also is comfortable signifying through and by that imagery. "Don’t wait for the snowfall from the dogwood tree. Live like a huge rock covered with moss, Rooted half under the earth and anxious for no one."He is [...]

    2. Reading the start of this great poets work is magnificent. Later one I think that he gets tied up in the geography of the text, so in his first few books you really do read and feel the development of a great poet.

    3. I don't love every thing in here, but there are some pieces so exquisite and right-on it just makes me fall out of my chair. I would say mostly they're from the section of poems from 'China Trace.'

    4. A shift in the wind the darknessBeading about your eyelidsThe sour pull of the bloodEverything works against youThe way the evening comes downIts trellises one rose at a timeThe watery knots of lightThat lap at your memoryThe way you thought of your life onceAn endless falling of seedsAlready places existWhich cannot reshelter youHands you have clasped for the last timeFamiliar mirrors remainThat will not contain your faceWords you have utteredThat will not remember your tongueThe sofas that hel [...]

    5. Some lovely moments, as I said before, but as another reviewer said, there wasn't a lot to "hold on to." Lots of pastoral imagery -- some very rich and original -- but in many cases I wasn't sure what I should be taking away from it besides the beautiful or interesting images. Nonetheless, for the most part I enjoyed it.

    6. Good. Wright's early work is not really "my thing." However, it is fascinating to read through an author's canon to see the progression in style that occurs. Many beautiful lines but very little to hang on to.

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