In ShallCross, C.D. Wright brings together brief, striking poems in tandem with the longer, unrelenting forms for which she became recognized and beloved. Pushing the boundaries of genre, language, and poetic populism, ShallCross showcases Wright’s singular voice that navigates a rigorous space between journalistic activism, stunning narrative, sociopolitical outrage, and erotic lyricism. This dazzling collection is further evidence that Wright was among our most thrilling and innovative contemporary poets.
Imaginary Morning Glory
Whether or not the water was freezing. The body
would break its sheath. Without layer on layer
of feather and air to insulate the loving belly.
A cloudy film surrounding the point of entry. If blue
were not blue how could love be love. But if the body
were made of rings. A loose halo would emerge
in the telluric light. If anyone were entrusted to verify
this rare occurrence. As the petal starts to
dwindle and curl unto itself. And only then. Love,
blue. Hallucinogenic blue, love.
“Wright gets better with each book, expanding the reach of her art; it seems it could take in anything.” —Publishers Weekly
“Wright belongs to a school of exactly one.” —New York Times Book Review
“C.D. Wright is entirely her own poet, a true original.” —Gettysburg Review