There Are No New Ways To Kill A Man by Amy Wright

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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.

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