C.D. Wright is the author of numerous collections of poetry and prose, including Cooling Time: An American Poetry Vigil (2005). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (twice), the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Bunting Institute, as well as Witter Bynner Prize for Poetry from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. In this audio recording from 2003, Wright reads from One Big Self (2003), her collaboration with photographer Deborah Luster, which portrayed inmates at three Louisiana prisons.
In the old days they would have sent you to America
The one called Grasshopper raises wild things
sparrows hares you name it
They’ve got a muleskinner here that can make one sit down and talk
Then there’s the wren nesting in the razor wire
From KWLS 2003: The Beautiful Changes.