Scar Tissue

Scar Tissue

Book - 2006
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Hard to imagine that no one counts,
that only things endure.
Unlike the seasons, our shirts don't shed,
Whatever we see does not see us,
however hard we look,
The rain in its silver earrings against the oak trunks,
The rain in its second skin.
--from "Scar Tissue II"

In his new collection, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright investigates the tenuous relationship between description and actuality--"thing is not an image"--but also reaffirms the project of attempting to describe, to capture the natural world and the beings in it, although he reminds us that landscape is not his subject matter but his technique: that language was always his subject--language and "the ghost of god." And in the dolomites, the clouds, stars, wind, and water that populate these poems, "something un-ordinary persists."

Scar Tissue is a groundbreaking work from a poet who "illuminates and exalts the entire astonishing spectrum of existence" ( Booklist ).

Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux,, 2006.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374254278
0374254273
Branch Call Number: 811.54 WR
Characteristics: pages cm

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Nov 05, 2018

Most of the time these poems are quite prosaic, but they are prose of such intensity that line breaks are justice to satisfy the requisites of poetic form. They resemble those of Jeffers. The ones I most liked were: 'The silent generation 2', 'Against the American grain', 'The narrow road to the distant city', 'The silent generation 3', and 'Singing lesson'.

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