Thoughts of a Solitary Farmhouse

By Franz Wright 1953–2015 Franz Wright
And not to feel bad about dying.   
Not to take it so personally—

it is only
the force we exert all our lives

to exclude death from our thoughts   
that confronts us, when it does arrive,

as the horror of being excluded— . . .
something like that, the Canadian wind

coming in off Lake Erie
rattling the windows, horizontal snow

appearing out of nowhere
across the black highway and fields like billions of white bees.

Franz Wright, “Thoughts of a Solitary Farmhouse” 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

Subjects Death, Time & Brevity, Living

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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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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SUBJECT Death, Time & Brevity, Living

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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