Go ahead. Say that title 10 times fast. I’m not sure what it’s about. A celebration of the quotidian, perhaps. More likely, I think it’s a catalog of words that Wright enjoyed (she died about a year ago). This collection has joy just oozing out of it. The recurring poem, “In a Word, a World,” is Wright digging in with pure relish to celebrate words in all of their shapes, sizes, and syllables. There is not only joy in her poetry, there is urgency, a reminder of its urgency. “I propose,” she writes, “we all keep looking. I propose it is an unyielding imperative for the poet to do so.” The poem, “Concerning Why Poetry Offers a Better Deal Than the World’s Biggest Retailer,” is as funny as its title and a call to not arms, but words, for any poet. Poets are responsible, in Wright’s words, for “trueing what is seen.” This is an inspiring and urgent collection. If you are no fan of prose poetry, you may want to sample before you buy. Everyone else should buy it, read it, and be reminded.

C.D. Wright – Poetry Foundation

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