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One Big Self

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781556592584
Author(s): C.D. Wright
Format: Paperback
Year: 2007
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Dimensions: 181 x 240 x 8 (w x l x h)
Pages: 96

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"Wright has found a way to wed fragments of an iconic America to a luminously strange idiom, eerie as a tin whistle, which she uses to evoke the haunted quality of our carnal existence."—"The New Yorker"

Inspired by numerous visits inside Louisiana state prisons—where MacArthur Fellow C.D. Wright served as a "factotum" for a portrait photographer—"One Big Self" bears witness to incarcerated men and women and speaks to the psychic toll of protracted time passed in constricted space. It is a riveting mosaic of distinct voices, epistolary pieces, elements from a moralistic board game, road signage, prison data, inmate correspondence, and "counts" of things—from baby's teeth to chigger bites:

"Count your folding money"
"Count the times you said you wouldn't go back"
"Count your debts"
"Count the roaches when the light comes on"
"Count your kids after the housefire"

"One Big Self"—originally published as a large-format limited edition that featured photographs and text—was selected by "The New York Times" and "The Village Voice" as a notable book of the year. This edition features the poem exclusively.

C.D. Wright is the author of ten books of poetry, including several collaborations with photographer Deborah Luster. She is a professor at Brown University.

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