The Delicacy and Strength of Lace (Paperback)

Letters Between Leslie Marmon Silko and James Wright

By Anne Wright (Editor), Joy Harjo (Afterword by)

Graywolf Press, 9781555975432, 112pp.

Publication Date: October 27, 2009

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The Delicacy and Strength of Lace

The timeless exchange of advice and friendship between two of our greatest literary talents

Dear Leslie: Of course I can't know whether or not the world looks strange to God. But sometimes it looks strange to me.

Leslie Marmon Silko and James Wright met only twice. First, briefly, in 1975, at a writers' conference in Michigan. Their correspondence began three years later, after Wright wrote to Silko praising her book Ceremony. The letters began formally, and then each writer gradually opened to the other, sharing his or her life, work, and struggles. The second meeting between the two writers came in a hospital room, as Wright lay dying of cancer.

The New York Times wrote something of Wright that applies to both writers—of qualities that this exchange of letters makes evident: "Our age desperately needs his vision of brotherly love, his transcendent sense of nature, the clarity of his courageous voice."

About the Author

Anne Wright, wife of James Wright (1927-80) edited Wild Perfection and Selected Poems.