About the Author, Franz Wright
Franz Wright is the author of fourteen collections of poetry. Walking to Martha's Vineyard (Knopf 2003) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. His newest collections, God's Silence, and Earlier Poems were published by Knopf in, 2006 & 2007. Wright's other books include The Beforelife (2001), Ill Lit: New and Selected Poems (1998), Rorschach Test (1995), The Night World and the Word Night (1993), and Midnight Postscript (1993). Mr. Wright has also translated poems by RenŽ Char, Erica Pedretti, and Rainer Maria Rilke. He has received the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, as well as grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Wright has taught in many colleges and universities, including Emerson College and the University of Arkansas. He is currently the writer-in-residence at Brandeis. He has also worked in a mental health clinic in Lexington, Massachusetts, and as a volunteer at the Center for Grieving Children.
The very first obvious thing in this chapbook is a celestial quality. The poetry has a level of abstraction variant from earlier books. It is like someone who has gone to the edges of seeing and is “without margins.” Approaching the edges of seeing means to come to abstraction, as in the poem, “Unwriting,” where the opening line, “The universe is mostly made of thought,” is analogous to later Wallace Stevens around the time of “The Planet on the Table.” Notice the word “planet” in Steven’s title, while in Wright’s poems we have cold stars, the heavens, black holes, galaxies – high, far and wide words, analogs of the soul, that bright thing “without margins,” and at times frighteningly distant.