AMERICAN POET FRANZ WRIGHT

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:

Franz Wright (1953-2015), Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Catholic convert, struggled with addiction and depression. He wrote movingly of isolation, illness, and religious transcendence.

His work includes the poetry collections “God’s Silence” (2006); “Wheeling Motel” (2009); “Kindertotenwald” (2011); and “F” (2013). He won the Pulitzer in 2004 for “Walking to Martha’s Vineyard” (2001).

Perhaps most movingly, he never left his watch. Fidelity to an artistic vocation, he demonstrated, is not for the faint of heart.

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2 Replies to “AMERICAN POET FRANZ WRIGHT”

  1. Anonymous says: Reply

    Heather, you introduced me to Franz Wright years ago and his poems have meant so much to me. I would very much like to know more about him. Is there a biography out there? I have searched and not found one. There were months were I lived in his book “F”. I carried that book everywhere.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      I haven’t come across a biography of him, but that doesn’t mean there’s not one out there…and if not, there should be! I’m glad you share my admiration and appreciation for Franz Wright’s poetry…heart-wrenching, his longing and love for his oft-absent father…

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