Acknowledgments
My interest in James Wright's poetry began when I was a graduate student at Northwestern University from 1976 to 1980. The professors who served on my dissertation committee deserve acknowledgment for their generous encouragement and criticism: Paul Breslin, Gerald Graff, and Harold Kaplan.The Research Institute of Chadron State College twice granted me funds to work on this project. I want to acknowledge gratefully that committee's assistance.I was greatly helped by the anonymous readers at The University of Alabama Press, but, as always, my most perceptive and patient reader was Mary Ellen Elkins.Finally, I would like to thank the following for permission to reprint copyrighted material:
Dylan Thomas: Poems of Dylan Thomas. Copyright © 1952 by Dylan Thomas. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.
Denise Levertov: Poems 1968-1972. Copyright © 1970 by Denise Levertov Goodman. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.

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  • Title Page ii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Had You Been Strong Enough to Dare"" 8
  • 2 - My Name is James A. Wright "" 37
  • 3 - Look: I Am Nothing"" 67
  • 4 - And You Bear It"" 110
  • 5 - That Brutal and Savage Place Whom I Still Love"" 144
  • 6 - I Call It Beauty"" 174
  • 7 - To Die a Good Death Means to Live One's Life"" 209
  • Notes 237
  • Bibliography 253
  • Index 267
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