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Franz Wright
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Franz Wright’s most recent works include Wheeling Motel and Earlier Poems. Walking to Martha’s Vineyard was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2004, and he has also been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Fellowship, and the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, among other honors. He lives in Waltham, Massachusetts, with his wife, the translator and writer Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright.

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The Beforelife

Written by Franz Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 2, 2002
Price: $20.00

In this stunning collection, Franz Wright chronicles the journey back from a place of isolation and wordlessness. After a period when it seemed certain he would never write poetry again, he speaks with bracing clarity about the twilit world that lies between madness and sanity, addiction and recovery. Wright negotiates the... Read more >
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The Beforelife

Written by Franz Wright


Format: eBook, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 24, 2010
Price: $13.99

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Earlier Poems

Written by Franz Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $18.00

The haunting collection of poems that gathers the first four books of Pulitzer winner Franz Wright under one cover, where “fans old and new will find a feast amid famine” (Publishers Weekly), and discover how large this poet’s gift was from the start.

“[Wright’s] hard-won revelations seem subtle but are potently rousing... Read more >
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Earlier Poems

Written by Franz Wright


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 25, 2009
Price: $13.99

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F
Poems
Written by Franz Wright


Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 27, 2013
Price: $26.95

In these riveting poems, Wright declares, “I’ve said all that / I had to say. / In writing. / I signed my name. / It’s death’s move.” As he considers his mortality, the poet finds a new elation and clarity on the page, handing over for our examination the flawed yet... Read more >
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F
Poems
Written by Franz Wright


Format: eBook, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 27, 2013
Price: $13.99

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God's Silence

Written by Franz Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 25, 2008
Price: $18.00

In this luminous new collection of poems, Franz Wright expands on the spiritual joy he found in his Pulitzer Prize-winning Walking to Martha’s Vineyard. Wright, whom we know as a poet of exquisite miniatures, opens God’s Silence with “East Boston, 1996,” a powerful long poem that looks back at the darker... Read more >
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God's Silence

Written by Franz Wright


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 19, 2009
Price: $13.99

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Kindertotenwald

Written by Franz Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $17.00

A genre-bending collection of prose poems from Pulitzer Prize–winner Franz Wright brings us surreal tales of childhood, adolescence, and adult awareness, moving from the gorgeous to the shocking to a sense of peace. Wright’s most intimate thoughts and images appear before us in dramatic and spectral short narratives: mesmerizing poems whose... Read more >
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Kindertotenwald
Prose Poems
Written by Franz Wright


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $26.00

A genre-bending collection of prose poems from Pulitzer Prize–winner Franz Wright brings us surreal tales of childhood, adolescence, and adult awareness, moving from the gorgeous to the shocking to a sense of peace. Wright’s most intimate thoughts and images appear before us in dramatic and spectral short narratives: mesmerizing poems whose... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

Kindertotenwald

Written by Franz Wright


Format: eBook, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $12.99

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Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Walking to Martha's Vineyard

Written by Franz Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 5, 2005
Price: $16.00

In this radiant new collection, Franz Wright shares his regard for life in all its forms and his belief in the promise of blessing and renewal. As he watches the “Resurrection of the little apple tree outside / my window,” he shakes off his fear of mortality, concluding “what death ... Read more >
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Walking to Martha's Vineyard

Written by Franz Wright


Format: eBook, 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 12, 2009
Price: $14.99

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Wheeling Motel

Written by Franz Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 16, 2011
Price: $17.00

“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 Read more >
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Wheeling Motel

Written by Franz Wright


Format: eBook, 112 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 16, 2011
Price: $12.99

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