Flame

By C. D. Wright b. 1949
the breath               the trees               the bridge

the road                  the rain                the sheen

the breath               the line                  the skin

the vineyard            the fences             the leg

the water                the breath             the shift

the hair                  the wheels             the shoulder

the breath               the lane                the streak

the lining                the hour                the reasons

the name                the distance          the breath

the scent                the dogs                the blear

the lungs                the breath             the glove

the signal               the turn                  the need

the steps                the lights               the door

the mouth               the tongue             the eyes

the burn                  the burned            the burning

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

Source: Steal Away: Selected and New Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2002)

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Poet C. D. Wright b. 1949

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Subjects Relationships, Love, Activities, Travels & Journeys, Nature, The Body

Poetic Terms Free Verse

 C. D. Wright

Biography

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 Relationships, Love, Activities, Travels & Journeys, Nature, The Body

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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