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An inventive new collection from the acclaimed African-American poet Jay Wright.
In POSTAGE STAMPS, Jay Wright continues his lifelong exploration as a sojourner, a pilgrim, the “homo viator,” who speaks through and by an embellishment of a constantly changing movement to discover the incomplete sense and measure, the temporal invention of all relation, the soul in flight.
Poetry. African & African American Studies.
Jay Wright was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and spent his teens in San Pedro, California, where his father worked in the shipyards. After graduating from high school, he played for two minor-league ball clubs-Mexicali and Fresno-and spent spring training with the San Diego Padres of the old Pacific Coast League. He then served three years in the army, stationed in Germany. Thanks to the G.I. Bill, he received his B.A. in comparative literature from the University of California (Berkeley) and his M.A. from Rutgers University (New Brunswick). A jazz and m�sica Latina bassist, he lives in Bradford, Vermont.
Wright is the author of seventeen books of poetry, including POSTAGE STAMPS (Flood Editions, 2023), THIRTEEN QUINTETS FOR LOIS (Flood Editions, 2021), Music's Mask And Measure (Flood Editions, 2007), The Guide Signs: Book One and Book Two (Louisiana State University Press, 2007), Transfigurations: Collected Poems (Louisiana State University Press, 2000), Elaine's Book (Books on Demand, 1988), The Double Invention of Komo (University of Texas Press, 1980), and The Homecoming Singer (Corinth, 1971). He is also the author of more than forty plays and a dozen essays. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, his honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Bollingen Prize for Poetry.