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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert Wrigley  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: February 27, 1951 in East St. Louis, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/robert-wrigley
-- Robert Wrigley on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=robert+wrigley


Illinois Connection

Robert Wrigley was orn in East St. Louis, IL. , and grew up in Collinsville, a coal mining town. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Wrigley taught first at Lewis-Clark Tate College in Lewiston, Idaho and has been a Professor at the University of Idaho since 1999. He has published seven books of poetry, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including: fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts.


Selected Titles At Your Library

Anatomy of melancholy and other poems
ISBN: 9780143123071. OCLC Number: 795166102

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A powerful new collection from an award-winning poet Robert Wrigley has become one of his generation's most accomplished poets, renowned for his irony, power, and lucid style and for his ability to fuse narrative and lyrical impulses. Like its namesake--Robert Burton's seventeenth-century examination of human thoughts and emotions--Wrigley's new collection means to examine our world through the lens of melancholia. From imagined war memorials to insomniac chickens; from Descartes' lost daughter to a dreaming tree; from King Kong to Rush Limbaugh; and from Anna Karenina to a man named Lucy Doolin (short for Lucifer), these are poems that elegize and celebrate that most beautiful, exasperating, joyous, miserable, and perfectly imperfect of all creatures--the human being.--Amazon.com.

Anatomy of melancholy and other poems
ISBN: 0143123076. OCLC Number: 795166102

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A powerful new collection from an award-winning poet Robert Wrigley has become one of his generation's most accomplished poets, renowned for his irony, power, and lucid style and for his ability to fuse narrative and lyrical impulses. Like its namesake--Robert Burton's seventeenth-century examination of human thoughts and emotions--Wrigley's new collection means to examine our world through the lens of melancholia. From imagined war memorials to insomniac chickens; from Descartes' lost daughter to a dreaming tree; from King Kong to Rush Limbaugh; and from Anna Karenina to a man named Lucy Doolin (short for Lucifer), these are poems that elegize and celebrate that most beautiful, exasperating, joyous, miserable, and perfectly imperfect of all creatures--the human being.--Amazon.com.

Box
ISBN: 9780143130567. OCLC Number: 953438868

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A powerful new collection from an acclaimed, award-winning poet With nine previously published collections of poetry, Robert Wrigley has become one of his generation's most accomplished poets, renowned for his irony, power, and lucid style and for his ability to fuse narrative and lyrical impulses. Wrigley's tenth collection, Box, is a book of poems obsessed with human containment, with the way people are contained or confined--by time, mortality, technology, identity, culture, and history--in almost everything they are and everything they do. Even the body, even the poem itself, is in this regard a kind of self-containing crate, in which the human being, perhaps the human spirit, is shipped into the world at large. ButBoxis also a book obsessed with escape from containment, and escape comes from dreams, from deep awareness, from contemplation, from love, and above all, as Wallace Stevens insisted, from the imagination pressing back against the pressure of reality. The poems inBoxaim to do nothing less than help people live their lives, as Stevens put it--

Earthly meditations :
ISBN: 9781440627217. OCLC Number: 607859329

Penguin Books,. .

One of his generation's most accomplished poets, Robert Wrigley is renowned for his ironic, powerful, and lucid style as well as his ability to fuse narrative and lyrical impulses. Earthly Meditations features nineteen original poems alongside a collection of sixty-one poems chosen from his first six books.

In the bank of beautiful sins :
ISBN: 0140587160. OCLC Number: 30546585

Penguin,. .

Lives of the animals :
ISBN: 014200345X. OCLC Number: 51936923

Penguin Poets,. .

Additional Title Information

  • In the Bank of Beautiful Sins: Poems

    , Penguin, 1995

  • Reigh of Snakes

    , Penguin, 1999

  • Lives of the Animals

    , Penguin, 2003

  • Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems

    , Penguin, 2006

  • Beautiful Country

    , Penguin, 2010

  • Anatomy of Melancholy and Other Poems

    , Penguin, 2013


    Awards

    Kingsley Tufts Award

    in 2000

    Poets' Prize

    in 2006

    San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award

    Speaking Engagements

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