Approximately Forever

By C. D. Wright b. 1949
She was changing on the inside
it was true what had been written

The new syntax of love
both sucked and burned

The secret clung around them
She took in the smell

Walking down a road to nowhere
every sound was relevant

The sun fell behind them now
he seemed strangely moved

She would take her clothes off
for the camera

she said in plain english
but she wasn’t holding that snake

C. D. Wright, “Approximately Forever” from Steal Away: New and Selected Poems. Copyright © 2002 by C. D. Wright. Reprinted with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, P. O. Box 271, Port Townsend, WA 98368-0271, www.coppercanyonpress.org.

Source: Steal Away: New and Selected Poems (2002)

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Poet C. D. Wright b. 1949

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Subjects Time & Brevity, Relationships, Living, Love, Desire, Realistic & Complicated

Poetic Terms Free Verse

 C. D. Wright

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C.D. Wright was born in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, the daughter of a judge and a court reporter. She has published over a dozen books, including Rising, Falling, Hovering (2008); Like Something Flying Backwards: New and Selected Poems (2007); and a text edition of One Big Self: An Investigation (2003), a project she undertook with photographer Deborah Luster to document Louisiana inmates. She has also published several . . .

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SUBJECT Time & Brevity, Relationships, Living, Love, Desire, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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