James Arlington Wright
James Arlington Wright Poems
- A Blessing Just off the highway to Rochester, ...
- Lying In A Hammock At William ...
- Autumn Begins In Martins Ferry... In the Shreve High ...
- Beginning The moon drops one or two feathers into the ...
- Saint Judas When I went out to kill myself, I caught A pack ...
- Hook I was only a young man In those days. On that ...
- A Note Left In Jimmy Leonard's... Near the dry river's ...
James Arlington Wright was an American poet.
Wright first emerged on the literary scene in 1956 with The Green Wall, a collection of formalist verse that was awarded the prestigious Yale Younger Poets Prize. But by the early 1960s, Wright, increasingly influenced by the Spanish language surrealists, had dropped fixed meters. His transformation achieved its maximum expression with the publication of the seminal The Branch Will Not Break (1963), which positioned Wright as curious counterpoint to the Beats and New York schools, which predominated on the American coasts.
This transformation had not come by accident, as Wright had been working for years with his friend ... more »
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Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.
They have come gladly out of the willows
To welcome my friend and me.
We step over the barbed wire into the pasture
Where they have been grazing all day, alone.
They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness
That we have come.
They bow shyly as wet swans. They love each other.
There is no loneliness like theirs.
At home once more, they begin munching the young tufts of spring in the ...