By C. D. Wright 1949–2016
The animals are leaving
the safety of the trees

Light sensors respond
to the footfall of every guest

To retard the growth of algae

The fishes must be moved
from the window

Stiller than water she lies
As in a glass dress

As if all life might come to its end
within the radius of her bed

Beyond the reef of trees a beach cannot be seen
the bay itself barely breathing

In the other wing of the house
a small boat awaits elucidation

C.D. Wright, "Privacy" from Steal Away: Selected and New Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2002).

Source: Steal Away: New and Selected Poems by C.D. Wright (Copper Canyon Press, 2003)

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Poet C. D. Wright 1949–2016

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Subjects Home Life, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Animals

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Metaphor

 C. D. Wright


C.D. Wright was born in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, the daughter of a judge and a court reporter. She published over a dozen books, including ShallCross (2016); One With Others (2011), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was nominated for a National Book Award; Rising, Falling, Hovering (2008); Like Something Flying Backwards: New and Selected Poems (2007); and Tremble (1996). She also provided the text to . . .

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SUBJECT Home Life, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Animals

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Metaphor

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