Dark Orchard
5.5 x 8.5, 72 pp.
Pub Date: 07/01/2005
Price:        $12.95


Published by Texas Review Press

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Winner of the 2005 Texas Review Breakthrough Poetry Prize

Dark Orchard

By William Wright

Born in 1979, WILLIAM WRIGHT was raised in the ridge-country of Edgefield, South Carolina. His work has appeared in many journals, including Poet Lore, Cimarron Review, Texas Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Red Owl, Phoebe, StorySouth: The Best from New South Writers, and Yemassee. Wright teaches and tutors writing and literature at Sam Houston State University and Montgomery College.

What Readers Are Saying:

"In a world that is nearly awash in first books, William Wright's Dark Orchard stands out for its lyrical obsession with the heritage a son may have from parents and from the deeply felt landscape of childhood. . . . The language is filled with a kind of desolation and a beauty that is not quite despair, something that is better known, one suspects, by the young than by the rest of us. We should be grateful for this chance to rediscover its reach." --Phebe Davidson

"William Wright's poems welcome us into a rich and enchanting universe. Planted in the fecund soil of his native South Carolina, this book's vision is simultaneously delicate and dangerous, touching and alarming. Woven throughout with the subtle undertones of his poetic forebears (one sees Theodore Roethke, Robert Penn Warren, and James Wright dancing in the shadows), Dark Orchard is an impressive debut volume with a depth of insight that belies the author's youth, a collection that leaves me thirsting for the next book." --Stephen Gardner


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