In One with Others, Wright returns to her native Arkansas and examines an explosive incident grounded in the Civil Rights Movement. In her signature style, she interweaves oral histories, hymns, lists, interviews, newspaper accounts, and personal memories – especially those of her incandescent mentor, V (Mrs Vittitow) – with the voices of witnesses, neighbours, police, activists and a group of black students who were rounded up and detained in an empty public swimming pool. This is a history told by many voices, and it leaps howling off the page. Both a book-length poem and a probing work of investigative journalism, One with Others won the National Book Circle Critics Award.
'Bold, striking and sensual...as soothing as poetry filled to the brim with the bloody mess of living can hope to be. Hers is a harsh, unforgiving but richly beautiful world. It is not the America of sophisticated coastal cities or plush university campuses, but of small towns and villages in the middle of nowhere, in which death and nourishment stand together as they must...her poetry is far too experimental and modernist, and too imbued with a range of international influences, to be pigeonholed as regional' – Vesna Goldsworthy, Guardian
'Wright's sharply fractured, polyphonic, and suspenseful book-length poem is both a searing dissection of hate crimes and their malignant legacy and a lyric, droll, and fiery elegy to a woman of radiant resistance' –Booklist
C. D. Wright's first UK retrospective Like Something Flying Backwards: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2007) included a substantial number of poems from her Griffin International Prize-winning collection Rising, Falling, Hovering (Copper Canyon, 2008). Her many honours include a Lannan Literary Award, and a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship. She is a professor of English at Brown University, and edited Lost Roads Publishers for 30 years with her husband, poet Forrest Gander.