F: poems by Franz Wright

By Franz Wright

In those riveting poems, Wright publicizes, "I've acknowledged all that / I needed to say. / In writing. / I signed my identify. / It's death's move." As he considers his mortality, the poet reveals a brand new elation and readability at the web page, delivering for our exam the incorrect but kneeling-in-gratitude self he has turn into. F stands either for Franz, the poet-speaker who represents we all on our baffling lifelong trips, and for the alphabet, the software and infrequently brutality of our symbols. (It will be, he jokes grimly, his "grade in life.") From "Entries of the Cell," the lengthy vital poem that info the loneliness of the one soul, to brief narrative prose poems and standard lyrics, Wright revels within the compensatory strength of language, gazing the daylight hours headlights following a hearse, or the wind, "blessing one after the other the unlighted buds of the backbent peach tree's unnoted return." he's at his most sensible during this attractive and startling collection.

From the book

I was once having hassle deciding
which to monitor: Night
of the residing Bloggers
, or
Attack of the Neck-Brace People.
In the top I simply went for a walk.

In the woods i ended brooding about why
of all trees
this one: my hand
pressed to fissures
and ridges of

bark's highly magnified
fingerprint, forehead
resting opposed to it
finally, feeling

a heartbeat, mammoth, silently
booming there deep in
my hidden leaves, blessed
motherworld, personal
underworld, thank you

thank you.

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D. Beazley, Attic Red Figure Vase Painting2 (Oxford, 1963), 431, 48), it is understandable that spelling pronunciations o f obscure words became established and were reflected in subsequent forms o f the text. 7 But how many features are actually due to the evolution of the language within that tradition? Aspiration almost certainly, since words which should be aspirated on etymological grounds but were absent from the Attic 6 For the prehistory of some aspects of the A unslsprache see the two monographs of Hoekstra, Modifications, and Epic Verse before Homer (Amsterdam, 1981).

8eos oivov, by declension from the accusative or dative cases, and there is one unique expression a&eotjxiTos oivos. No regular noun-epithet formulae show neglect (but cf. Sapiaoodfifvos or fiefiaprjOTa fxe p vas is supported by xxi 297 i-Trel pevas aaoev owai). T h e loss o f digamm a, at this point, had hardly begun to affect the formulaic diction. In addition to the loss o f digamm a Hoekstra (Modifications) has closely examined two other features from this point of view, the quantitative metathesis and the movable -v; he has also anim ad­ verted on vowel contraction, loss o f the dual, -aav plural, and -#17aorist.

50 K . Meuli, ‘Scythica’, Hermes lxx (1935), 121-276, esp. 164 ft. = Gesammelte Schriflen ii 817 ff. (Basle-Stuttgart, 1975); R. Carpenter, Fiction, Folktale and Saga in the Homeric Epics (Berkeley-Los Angeles, '1946; 21956), passim-, Merkelbach, Untersuchung™ (' 1951), 224. 19 G E N E R A L IN T R O D U C T IO N 1{ retaliatory expedition o f the Atreidae. He, too, rules over a sizeable kingdom, from which he brings twelve ships to join the Achaean host. In the circle o f leaders he has few peers.

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