C.D. Wright was born 6 January 1949 and died 12 January 2016
- Poetry is the language of intensity. Because we are going to die, an expression of intensity is justified.
- Poetry takes you into the recesses of the language, the neglected corners, cracks and crannies and to the big sky of wonder. It opens the door to a critique without which you have rather boring analytical tools by comparison. To cultivate poetry means to stay with it. Not to abandon hope, but to abide.
- Readers have to be sought out and won to the light of the page, poem by poem, one by one by one.
- Uniformity, in its motives, its goals, its far-ranging consequences, is the natural enemy of poetry, not to mention the enemy of trees, the soil, the exemplary life therein.
- Poetry is a necessity of life.
- If I wanted to understand a culture, my own for instance, and if I thought such an understanding were the basis for a lifelong inquiry, I would turn to poetry first.
- The artistic reward for refuting the received national tradition is liberation. The price is homelessness. Interior exile.
Carolyn D. Wright was an American poet. She published over a dozen books, including the titles ShallCross, Fire & All, and One with Others: [a little book of her days], which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was nominated for a National Book Award.