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Franz Wright   The Beforelife  
Franz Wright    
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Bold Type's Poetry Editor Ernest Hilbert writes on Wright: "Two principles immediately emerge from his poems: a stormy independence in matters of spiritual development; and a reliance on the idea that greatness and beauty not only exist in the world but are attainable and worthwhile. The governing poetic conviction that emerges from the conjunction of these is that one must rely on hope of the sturdiest sort and bear forth a wisdom tempered by a firm knowledge of what has been lost in the acquisition of that wisdom."

Read two poems from The Beforelife and an essay on Franz Wright.

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