Today's poem is "Yam Weevil"
from Everything in the Universe

Iris Press

Amy Wright is the Nonfiction Editor of Zone 3 Press, Coordinator of Creative Writing at Austin Peay State University, and the author of five chapbooks. Everything in the Universe is her first full-length poetry collection. Her writing appears in a number of journals including Kenyon Review, Southern Poetry Anthology (Volumes III and VI), and Tupelo Quarterly. She has been awarded with two Peter Taylor Fellowships for the Kenyon Review Writers' Workshop, an Individual Artist's Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and a fellowship to the VCCA. She and William Wright co-authored Creeks of the Upper South. Her second poetry collection, Cracker Sonnets, is forthcoming.

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About Everything in the Universe:

"Amy Wright's Everything in the Universe is Whitmanesque in its celebration of every tiny thing. These poems sing the stuff that moves under the boot-soles, stopping to name each beautiful breath of the dirt from Bird-dung Mimic to Moon-headed True Bug to Cobra Lily. In Wright's lyric poems the natural world is alive with invisible eyes; here, humans are foolish, 'sounding / the collective organ / we mistake constantly as unconscious.' Reader, tread lightly. These poems buzz, sting and flood with a many-bodied blood."
—Beth Bachmann

"Bare lists of words,' says Emerson, 'are suggestive to an imaginative and excited mind.' Amy Wright's Everything in the Universe is a rich, lyrical life-list produced by just such a mind devoted to the abundance, oddity, and fragility of nature. Her poems are encyclopedic in their range, particular in their meticulous knowledge, and artfully powerful in their display and application of craft. Here the flower beetle, Agestrata, shows us how to 'shake our pygidia,' even as 'blighted chestnuts fall' and the pear farmers of Hanyuan County 'inseminate flowers with paint brushes.' Wright not only gives us the language for so many distinct characteristics and inimitable behaviors, but she has the mindful conscience to push further into the economic, cultural, or political bearing of the not-only-natural. She sees how 'the scorpionfly's innocuous wagger recalls the grounded version's caudal stinger,' but also reports that, in response to 'Anthrax-laced envelopes' which 'bias senate interns against indigenous Alaskans' musk-ox-fur offerings,' 'Cipro pharmaceutical stocks rise as expected.' It's not possible for one writer to presume to give us all of nature, as Lucretius did, but Amy Wright joins the long list of splendid nature poets—Marianne Moore, A. R. Ammons, Brian Teare, Emily Wilson—whose bountiful vision proves that ecology and poetry are, if not synonyms, at least kindred species of care."
—David Baker

"By turns playful, enraptured, & scathing, Everything in the Universe attends to the facticity of the often-overlooked insects. As she catalogues & reflects on their ecologies & aspects, Wright explores the diverse ways a body, even one encased in an exoskeleton, embodies. Everything in the Universe is a work of ecopoetic concentration & of political & psychological searching. With insight, wisdom, & imagistic clarity, it asks each insect to hold a diminutive mirror up to nature, drawing the forms & pressures of the human into a relational ethics & understanding."
—Mathias Svalina

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