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The World of the Ten Thousand Things: Poems 1980-1990 Paperback – Sep 1 1991

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Sept. 1 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374523266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374523268
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 580.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #704,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Since the early 1980s, Wright has increasingly abandoned short lyrics for journal poems that weave diverse thematic threads into a single autobiographical fabric. . . . [He] is at liberty to spin out extended meditations that pick up, work with, lay aside, and return again to landscapes, historical events, and ideas. . . . Wright's gift for verbal music, his ability to evoke sensory experience and a boldness of metaphorical reference get the juices flowing. . . . [The World of the Ten Thousand Things is] a single poetic sequence worthy of comparison with such extended works as "The Bridge" by Hart Crane, "The Far Field" by Theodore Roethke, and "Dream Songs" by John Berryman. . . . [Wright is] a poet of great purity and originality.” ―Richard Tillinghast, The New York Times Book Review

“There is no poet of his generation whose career has unfolded with such genuine authority as Charles Wright's, or whom I read with more astonishment and gratitude. There is no book published this year I could recommend more highly.” ―J.D. McClatchy, Poetry

About the Author

Charles Wright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Book Award, and the Griffin Poetry Prize, teaches at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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