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Cooling Time
C.D. Wright
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Cooling Time
An American Poetry Vigil
C.D. Wright

An unruly paean to American poetry, Cooling Time blurs the divisions between poem, memoir, and essay, while borrowing regularly from the peculiarities and backwaters of the American idiom. The book's title derives from a line of legal defense, unique to Texas courts: if a person kills someone before having had time "to cool" after receiving an injury or an insult, he or she is not guilty of murder. Ever focused on possibilities, C.D. Wright demonstrates that "the search for models becomes a search for alternatives." Filled with humor, eroticism and an hypnotic fascination with language, Cooling Time is a prickly love-letter to the life of poetry.




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"Cooling Time: An American Poetry Vigil focuses on the place and roles that poetry can play in the Here and Now... Cooling Time is a compendium of aphorisms, autobiographical riffs, mini-manifestos, close readings of other contemporary poets, political provocations, and self-examinations."—Nashville Scene

"In Cooling Time: An American Poetry Vigil, Wright extends her penchant for the book-length poem to include the book-length mix of poetry and prose... [A] very fine new book."—Providence Journal

"Wright proves herself to be one of the most complex, fascinating and ultimately rewarding American poets writing today."—Library Journal

"Wright is one of America's oddest, best, and most appealing poets."—Publishers Weekly

"Wright has been doing very idiosyncratic and always passionate work for a long time, and Cooling Time: An American Poetry Vigil (Copper Canyon Press) is my favourite book of hers. It's a sort of manifesto that explains why and how she writes, and why poetry is necessary. But it's not pedantic, or dull, or in any way expected. It feels very Whitman-esque (to me at least), fast and soaring like that; it's so inspiring that it's hard to sit still while reading it."—Dave Eggers, The Guardian (UK)

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