Morning Arrives

By Franz Wright 1953–2015 Franz Wright
Morning arrives
unannounced
by limousine: the tall   
emaciated chairman

of sleeplessness in person
steps out on the sidewalk
and donning black glasses, ascends   
the stairs to your building

guided by a German shepherd.   
After a couple faint knocks   
at the door, he slowly opens   
the book of blank pages

pointing out
with a pale manicured finger   
particular clauses,
proof of your guilt.

Franz Wright, “Morning Arrives” from Ill Lit: Selected and New Poems. Copyright © 1998 by Franz Wright. Reprinted with the permission of Oberlin College Press.

Source: Ill Lit: Selected and New Poems (Oberlin College Press, 1998)

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Poet Franz Wright 1953–2015

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Metaphor

 Franz  Wright

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Franz Wright was born in Vienna, Austria and grew up in the Northwest, the Midwest, and California. He earned a BA from Oberlin College in 1977. His collections of poetry include The Beforelife (2001); God’s Silence (2006); Walking to Martha’s Vineyard, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004; Wheeling Motel (2009); Kindertotenwald (2011); and (2013). In his precisely crafted, lyrical poems, Wright addresses the subjects of . . .

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POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Metaphor

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