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Physical Description ix, 75 p. Published New York : A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, Language English View all editions Prev Next edition 2 of 2. Author Wright, Franz, Edition 1st ed. Subjects Drug addicts -- Rehabilitation -- Poetry. Drug abuse -- Poetry. View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links Set up My libraries How do I set up "My libraries"? The University of Melbourne Library.

Open to the public. Jeremiah KJV Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. To believe that would to elevate man to the same status as God That also doesn't follow logically. Also if those Souls did always exist they would not just have eternal life, but would therefore be Infinite in that they would have no beginning and would also have no end.

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That is true only of God. It's better, but there's still no reason to think that "the Soul would have no beginning and no end". God could create the soul prior to the body; that in no way implies the soul is eternal. Eternal and immortal.

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But, yes, I had a really good time, and there's a nostalgia for those periods of euphoria. This is one of the most sinister things about addiction.

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Somebody said that alcoholics and drug addicts are spiritual people. They're searchers. All of the alcoholics I know are incredibly sensitive, intelligent people, no matter what walk of life they come from, even if they're completely illiterate. They're all on a quest. They're just looking in the wrong way. And if they're lucky that dawns on them, and they start to recover their true personality, which is what happens.

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You don't get a new one, you get your original one back. I love the humor in your work, the way, for instance, really tough turns are alluded to so nimbly in "Commercial for Absence":. Your father also took risks with wit. I'm thinking of the kind of nervy admonition in the lines:.


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Please leave the poem. Thank you. Sometimes I think my father overdid that, but sometimes he did it to great effect.

I like some of his later prose pieces because he's able to do something I've never seen in anyone else, which is to speak in this very clear, direct, prosaic way and then, suddenly, in the middle, to veer into the completely inexplicable, with magical non sequiturs. God knows he had enough darkness.

We both did. I probably got it from him. I knew his mother, and she was one of the big talkers—a manic talker. It went to him, and then it went to me, and we all suffered from manic depression and bipolar conditions. It's extraordinary that your father, like you, wrote his first poem when he was fifteen and had a nervous breakdown when he was sixteen. Well, we know that this genetic stuff is real, and I have to say that, in many ways, I am frighteningly a genetic mirror of my father.

Which also means I feel like I have a death sentence hanging over me all the time. My father's death from cancer of the tongue at a pretty young age—fifty-two—was so obviously a result of his smoking and drinking. Very much so. In September, , I was once again going through the struggle to stop drinking, and I was trying to do it by myself, which never works. I was just sitting here at my desk, and something flowed over me. All my life I had found myself, wherever I lived, wandering into Catholic churches and sitting in the back, and wanting very much to participate but formally not being allowed to, just enjoying being there.

But right then I got up the nerve to get initiated into the Catholic Church.

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It's a very liberal institution these days, making an all-out effort to reach out not only to Jews and Protestants but also, strangely, to Buddhists. Priests are studying with Buddhists, particularly a form of meditation that involves no thought, no image, just a total turning toward whatever it is we conceive of as God. That became very important to me. I started to write in a way that I thought only other people could do.

I would be talking to my wife, Beth, and I'd say, Wait a minute, and I'd walk from the living room into my work room, and, by the time I got there, all I'd have to do was sit down and type out the poem. They just appeared in front of my eyes. Yes, mostly they were written, without alteration, in ten minutes. The long poem, "Thanks Prayer at the Cove," was written in forty-five minutes, in one sitting. Beth and I had been living in a horrible one-room apartment in the South End, in Boston, and we moved out here, to Waltham.

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It's very beautiful; the Charles River is here, and there are trees and woods, and I found a place where I could walk along the river. There's a cemetery on the other side of it, and a cove. After I'd been walking there for a while, I looked on a map and saw that it was called Purgatory Cove.

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