Today's mail brings me a copy of Jay Wright's wonderful new book, MUSIC'S MASK AND MEASURE (along with this postcard of Wright's study as photographed by his wife, Lois). This is the first new book from Wright since his collected poems, TRANSFIGURATIONS, appeared from LSU PRESS some years ago. Wright has been working quietly for decades, amassing one of the most impressive bodies of work in American poetry, mostly out of earshot of the clattering apparatus of the reputation-making machinery that bedevils us.
Here's a small taste from one of the book's five "Equations" -
fails that Carolina wren.
of a certain absence
draws fire upon its wings.
The book is available from FLOOD EDITIONS. Click on their name for information about how to order a copy.