There Are No New Ways To Kill A Man by Amy Wright
In the fifth poem from There Are No New Ways To Kill A Man, Amy Wright tells us “Lao says be alive to difficulty.” This is one way to read Wright’s work—staying keenly aware of complexity in language, thought, and image—as she moves deftly between moments of extreme density and moments of simple, deadpan candor. She follows Lao’s urging with a forthright assertion: “Being alive is difficulty. / I’d rather be strangled / than so awfully disappointed / / But then I’ve never been strangled.” Wright’s words have a “sort of bloom” that quickly—using her words—dissolve into “a bubbling rust” at once unsettling and dazzling.
Amy Wright’s first chapbook, There Are No New Ways To Kill A Man, is now available for direct order ($7 + shipping). Please refer to the ordering information on our “Books and Authors” page.
Amy Wright is the Nonfiction Editor of Zone 3 Press and Zone 3 journal, as well as the author of three chapbooks—Farm, There Are No New Ways To Kill A Man, and The Garden Will Give You A Fat Lip, which won the 2012 Pavement Saw Chapbook Contest. This summer she was awarded a 2012 fellowship to the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop.