The Branch Will Not Break

The Branch Will Not Break Review

In celebration of fifty years of publishing, Wesleyan University Press is pleased to present a special miniature edition of this best-selling volume of poetry by James Wright. Originally published in 1963, The Branch Will Not Break was one of the fir...

Title:The Branch Will Not Break
Edition Language:English

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  • Bill  Kerwin

    “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” When I first heard this Emily Dickinson quote, I knew exactly what she meant. After all, I had read The Branc...

  • Jeremy Heartberg

    I know this book like I know my burned copy of 'August and Everything After'. "Suddenly I realizeThat if I stepped out of my body I would breakInto Blossom"Perfect....

  • David Gallagher

    Nature poetry - I somehow never cared for it. But even Wordsworth would be a Wright fan. Poetry should be felt; not read. And boy, do you feel this. ...

  • Maya

    James Wright makes me want to lick the pages. "I have wasted my life."...

  • Kevin Lawrence

    I have just re-read this collection. I am thinking that if ever there were one volume where you could register the break from an Audenesque intelligent formalism to a free-spirited (yes, 60s!) almost-...

  • Margaret

    After reading The Delicacy and Strength of Lace: Letters Between Leslie Marmon Silko and James Wright in grad school, I decided I wanted to read James Wright's poetry (already being a fan of Leslie Ma...

  • Nicola

    Another book I can't not give five stars to despite certain reservations upon rereading it. This was one of the poetry collections that made me, as an undergrad, want to become a poet. Now, fast-forwa...

  • Jsavett1

    This collection of poems gets stronger as it proceeds until it crescendos in spiritual succor. I have so many words and phrases underlined that I might as well not have underlined any...for instance, ...

  • Darrell

    Short, brief poems that have spectacular build up and endings. In this collection there is Wright's famous poem, "A Blessing" near the end of the book; however, what I find really strong with the book...

  • Helen

    James Wright's poetry is like a beautiful hallucination. You think when you read A Blessing in school, that beautiful ending line about breaking out into blossom, and you think that's as good as it ge...