Literary Birthday – 6 January – C. D. Wright

C.D. Wright was born 6 January 1949 and died 12 January 2016.


  1. Poetry is the language of intensity. Because we are going to die, an expression of intensity is justified.
  2. Poetry takes you into the recesses of the language, the neglected corners, cracks and crannies and to the big sky of wonder. It opens the door to a critique without which you have rather boring analytical tools by comparison. To cultivate poetry means to stay with it. Not to abandon hope, but to abide.
  3. Readers have to be sought out and won to the light of the page, poem by poem, one by one by one.
  4. Uniformity, in its motives, its goals, its far-ranging consequences, is the natural enemy of poetry, not to mention the enemy of trees, the soil, the exemplary life therein.
  5. Poetry is a necessity of life.
  6. If I wanted to understand a culture, my own for instance, and if I thought such an understanding were the basis for a lifelong inquiry, I would turn to poetry first.
  7. The artistic reward for refuting the received national tradition is liberation. The price is homelessness. Interior exile.

Carolyn D. Wright was an American poet. She published over a dozen books, including ShallCrossFire & All, and One with Others: [a little book of her days], which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was nominated for a National Book Award.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 6th January 2018