Further Adventures With You



So much contact with different places, people, and traditions at once expanded her abilities as a poet and helped her come into her own. What Wright at first had thought of as a restriction -- her background in the non-literary Ozarks -- led, in fact, to her greatest strengths: her sharpness, her individuality, her nonconformist voice. As she writes with her customary detail and humor in "hills," from her 1986 volume Further Adventures with You, "once after a reading, I overheard a man say to another man, 'She's a real one, a real hillbilly.' I thought he was a patronizing fart, but I am, irrevocably, a purebred hill person. I don't see the literary life as being either scalded from or hidebound by that fact."

— Nadia Herman Colburn

Her voice is all music, blues- and jazz-flecked. A mother bathes her son, “sucking/ a cube of ice to get the cool.” 

— J. W. Bonner

Darren Angle