Poet : James Wright
Labels : Ragged Lion Press/Counter Culture Chronicles
Year : 2020
Recorded by Allen De Loach
Design : André Koolmees
Limited edition of 70 copies
The cassette comes with a laser
Postage & packing not included
American poet, translator and teacher James Wright was born in Ohio in 1927. As a 19-year-old boy he enlisted in the US Army. After his discharge from military service in post-war Japan he attended Kenyon College, Ohio, from which he graduated in 1952. On a Fulbright grant he spent the following year in Vienna and, once back in the US, obtained a Ph.D. at the University of Washington. He taught at the University of Minnesota with John Berryman, at Macalester College, at Hunter College of the City University of New York and at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Wright’s seminal 1963 compilation The Branch will not break established him as a Midwestern alternative to the East and West Coast poets of his day, while his Collected Poems was awarded with both the Pulitzer Prize and the Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets in 1972. Wright suffered from depressions and bipolar mood disorders and struggled with alcoholism throughout his life. He had several nervous breakdowns and was subjected to electroshock therapy. Fuelled by these experiences, his poetry often deals with sorrow and survival on the fringe of American society. Wright died at Calvary Hospital, New York in 1980 at the age 52.
Ragged Lion Press and Counter Culture Chronicles have jointly released on cassette a recording by Allen De Loach of James Wright in his prime while reading poetry at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNYAB) in July 1969.