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By James Wright

The lifestyles and paintings of a massive American poet defined in his personal words.

"There is whatever in regards to the very shape and social gathering of a letter--the hazard it bargains, the opportunity to be as open and tentative and unsure as one likes and likewise the opportunity to formulate convinced principles, very precisely--if one is fortunate in one's thoughts," wrote James Wright, one of many nice lyric poets of the final century, in a letter to a chum. The nice Conversation is a compelling assortment that captures the exhilarating and relocating correspondence among Wright and his many pals. In letters to fellow poets Donald corridor, Theodore Roethke, Galway Kinnell, James Dickey, Mary Oliver, and Robert Bly, Wright explored matters from his inventive strategy to his struggles with melancholy and illness.

A brilliant thread of wit, gallantry, and keenness for describing his travels and his loved flora and fauna runs via those letters, which start in 1946 in Martin's Ferry, Ohio, the native land he could memorialize in verse, and result in long island urban, the place he lived for the final fourteen years of his existence. Selected Letters is not any under an epistolary chronicle of an important a part of the midcentury American poetry renaissance, in addition to the clearest biographical photo now to be had of a huge American poet.

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Have you noticed the special power, the near-creative sense that pervades the poetry written in a language you are just beginning to utter? You find fantastic poems which just a year later make you smile. Gathered around Apollinaire, who was such an undeniable poet, and yet apart from him, one found several earnest searchers; unfortunately, most of them lacked the holy fire, since nothing could be more false than to believe that inspiration is to be found lying in the street. True poetic inspiration is the rarest thing that exists.

And I’m not using the word poet here in the intimate sense it holds for me, but rather in its habitual sense, since, for me, there has never been a single poet in the history of the planet. Today I affirm completely, as I did ten years ago in the Atheneum in Buenos Aires: "There has never been a single poem written in the world, but only some vague essays on how to write one. Poetry is yet to be born on our globe. ” I sometimes wonder if it will not go by unnoticed. Let’s make it clear, then, that each time I speak of "poet” I simply use the term to be understood, like stretching a rubberband to encircle those who are nearest the importance which I assign it.

4. Whatever is too poetic to be created is transformed into some­ thing created by changing its common value, so that if horizon was poetic in itself, if horizon was poetry in life, by qualifying it with square, it stops being poetry in art. From dead poetry it becomes living poetry. The few words explaining my concept of poetry on the first page of the book we are speaking of, tells you what I wanted to accomplish in those poems. It said: To create a poem by taking the elements of life and transforming them to give them a new and independent life of their own.

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