Morning Arrives

By Franz Wright b. 1953 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 b. 1953

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Metaphor

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Franz Wright’s collections of poetry include The Beforelife (2001), God’s Silence (2006), and Walking to Martha’s Vineyard, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. He has received a Whiting Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for his poetry. Wright has translated poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke and Rene Char; in 2008 he and his wife, Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright, co-translated a collection by the Belarusian . . .

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POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Metaphor

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