By C. D. Wright b. 1949
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 b. 1949

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 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 Home Life, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Animals

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Poetic Terms Free Verse, Metaphor

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