Wheeling Motel (Paperback)
Knopf Publishing Group, 9780375711473, 91pp.
Publication Date: August 16, 2011
From his earliest years, he writes in -Will, - he had -the gift of impermanence / so I would be ready, / accompanied / by a rage to prove them wrong / . . . and that I too was worthy of love.- This rage comes coupled with the poet's own brand of love, what he calls -one / strange alone / heart's wish / to help all / hearts.- Poetry is indeed Wright's help, and he delivers it to us with a wry sense of the daily in America: in his wonderfully local relationship to God (whom he encounters along with a catfish in the emerald shallows of Walden Pond); in the little West Virginia motel of the title poem, on the banks of the great Ohio River, where -Tammy Wynette's on the marquee- and he is visited by the figure of Walt Whitman, -examining the tear on a dead face.-
Here, in Wheeling Motel, Wright's poetry continues to surprise us with its frank appraisal of our soul, and with his own combustible loneliness and unstoppable joy.
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Praise For Wheeling Motel…
“These new poems refract the light of the poet’s insightful, humorous, and often humble gaze in ways that are surprising and rewarding.” —America
“Uningratiating, bumptiously witty . . . and routinely surprising.” —The New York Times Book Review