“Publication Date” by Franz Wright
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003
One of the few pleasures of writing is the thought of one’s book in the hands of a kind-hearted intelligent person somewhere. I can’t remember what the others are right now. I just noticed that it is my own private National I Hate Myself and Want to Die Day (which means the next day I will love my life and want to live forever). The forecast calls for a cold night in Boston all morning and all afternoon. They say tomorrow will be just like today, only different. I’m in the cemetery now at the edge of town, how did I get here? A sparrow limps past on its little bone crutch saying I am Federico Garcia Lorca risen from the dead– literature will lose, sunlight will win, don’t worry.
From FIELD: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics,
vol. 70, 2004
Oberlin College Press
Copyright 2004 Franz Wright.
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About the Poet
Franz Wright (1953–2015) was the author of 19 poetry collections, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning collection Walking to Martha’s Vineyard (Knopf, 2004). He was born in Vienna, Austria and grew up in the Northwest, the Midwest, and California.
Learn more about Franz Wright at The Poetry Foundation.