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A collection of thoughts and quotes by James Wright on blessing, poetry, blossom, nature, youth, freedom, security, life, reflection and soul.

22 Famous Quotes By James Wright For The Poet In You

Quick Facts

Famous As: Poet

Born On: December 13, 1927

Died On: March 25, 1980

Born In: Martins Ferry, Ohio, United States

Died At Age: 52

James Arlington Wright was a distinguished American poet famous for his prolific work ‘The Branch Will Not Break’. He specialized in deep image style of poetry. This form of writing emphasized on the heroic, stylized and resonant tone in poems. Wright gained popularity for his works, such as 'Two Citizens’, ‘This Journey’ and ‘Saint Judas’. Many of his notable works such as ‘A Wild Perfection Wright’, ‘This Journey’ and ‘The Temple at Nîmes’, were released posthumously. Wright suffered from alcoholism, depression and bipolar mental disorders throughout his life. These dark areas and emotional turmoil can often be seen in his poetry. Wright received the prestigious 'Pulitzer Prize’ for his outstanding work in ‘Collected Poems’. Additionally, he received a grant from the ‘Rockefeller Foundation’. He also developed a cult following for his thoughts inculcated in his quotes which focused on subjects of life, death, humor, freedom, technology, psychoanalysis, self-righteousness, virtues and harmony. Let us go through some of the most levitating quotations and sayings by James Wright.
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Suddenly I realize That if I stepped out of my body I would break Into blossom.

James Wright

Suddenly I realize That if I stepped out of my body I would break Into blossom.

James Wright

Poetry can keep life itself alive. You can endure almost anything as long as you can sing about it.

James Wright

In a pine tree,/ A few yards from my window sill,/ A brilliant blue jay is springing up and down, up and/ down./ On a branch./ I laugh, as I see him abandon himself/ To entire delight, for he knows as well as I do/ That the branch will not break.

James Wright

I close my eyes, and think of water.

James Wright

There is this cave In the air behind my body That nobody is going to touch: A cloister, a silence Closing around a blossom of fire. When I stand upright in the wind, My bones turn to dark emeralds.

James Wright

Practice good personal hygiene. Wash your hands before you eat. Be aware of good clean water and food sources.

James Wright

There is this cave In the air behind my body That nobody is going to touch: A cloister, a silence Closing around a blossom of fire. When I stand upright in the wind, My bones turn to dark emeralds.

James Wright

Most of the pollution in the water already is dead animal and plant matter and building debris, ... good stagnant nursery for mosquitoes.

James Wright

In life, you gotta do something. And the medical journals keep on saying if you've got a goal or some passion in life, you'll outlive all the other guys who - the bank manager that retired. They gave him a rocking chair and he rocked himself to death. So you gotta have a passion, whatever it happens to be. Whether it's this or something else, it doesn't matter, as long as it's a reason to get out of bed every morning, as my accountant of 50 years keeps on saying.

James Wright

They can buy whatever brand they want. We will supply the finance.

James Wright

I write abundantly. And then my next step is to struggle to reduce the ornament, to reduce the abundance-to prune the book, in other words, the way one prunes a tree-so it can grow. This is my idea of a book.

James Wright

Look: I am nothing. I do not even have ashes to rub into my eyes.

James Wright

I asked the Mesquite coach who he thought the best team in Mesquite is. He said they were about even.

James Wright

Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota

James Wright

Look: I am nothing. I do not even have ashes to rub into my eyes.

James Wright

And then, when noon comes, Each stranger Has no room left in the light Except for only his hands. Here are mine. They are kind of skinny. May I have your lovely trees?

James Wright

Across the road, tadpoles are dancing on the quarter thumbnail of the moon. They cant see, not yet.

James Wright

We choose exile as a vantage point; from exile we look back on the rejected

James Wright

Good evening charlie, yes I know you rise, two lean grey spiders drifting through your eyes.

James Wright

I would rather live my life than not live it.

James Wright

It goes without saying that a fine short poem can have the resonance and depth of an entire novel.

James Wright