In a Waiting Room

1. Here I am—the annual physical, these days euphemized as a “well-check,” a ruse of language I like in some happy way, much better than “get on board” for “obey.” Still, in settings like this one, I confess I sometimes find myself thinking of Larkin, almost wanting to make conversation with the Larkin-id I try… More

The Gift

Robert Wrigley’s new essay reflects on Sylvia Plath’s last days: “What was Plath at this point, in late October, 1962? If she were a character in my son’s NBA video game, her every drive on the basketball court would be trailed by flames. She was on fire.” More

His Previous Life as a Lichen

He did not go far, and the journey was long. It seemed his quest was to enact the shadow of a distant ridge, until it was the distant ridge that became somehow the shadow of him. This freed him to swaddle an entire stone, to be a cloak, to gown the gray granite of a… More

Frozen Fawn

Robert Wrigley Funny, by which I mean mysterious or eerie, the way I just happened to look out the western window of my shack at exactly that moment the morning sun— via the same opening in the heavy brush I glanced through—made the carcass shine unmistakably in the shape of what it was. Still, I… More


Robert Wrigley By the light of my reading lamp, she regards me, or regards the shape of me where I sit, the shadow I am, she being mostly blind. She’s lying on the couch, and it may be she is uncertain I am even here, for she was asleep when I entered the room and… More

Review: Robert Wrigley’s “Anatomy of Melancholy and Other Poems”

Benjamin Evans Anatomy of Melancholy and Other Poems, Robert Wrigley Penguin Poets, 2013. One asks that a poet’s linguistic command be equal to the task of their vision. Robert Wrigley regards the world with unrelenting wonder and his precision with language surpasses the surgical. One can ask for little else. Anatomy of Melancholy and Other… More

November 2010

The Fogged Clarity podcast is becoming increasingly popular, and this month we are pleased to add thirteen new interviews and readings to our library, including an intimate discussion with poet Robert Wrigley, and an exclusive acoustic studio session from matt pond PA. Also in our November offering, you will find new poems by Robert Wrigley… More

Robert Wrigley

In an intimate interview, the prolific American poet discusses process, politics, and his acclaimed new collection, Beautiful Country. More

Review: Robert Wrigley’s “Beautiful Country”

Robert Wrigley’s newest book is entitled, Beautiful Country. (It is Wrigley’s eighth book of poems.) The title is drawn from a quote from John Brown, the American insurrectionist. In Brown’s reference to “country,” perhaps he was talking about the countryside of Charlestown, Virginia; perhaps he was talking on a larger scale about the sprawling national identity of the United States, itself. Wrigley, too, likes to work on a terrain that can shift from remote instinct … More

Blackjack Imaginings

Robert Wrigley In fact, it’s a beautiful thing: expertly made, the egg of lead in the business end and the flexible leather braid leading to a bulb for the hand and the loop for the jacker’s wrist, kinetic energy far superior to a fist’s. It’s perfect also for holding a book open to a certain… More


Robert Wrigley Next door the old pipe organ no longer wheezes. Here, the new one’s electric and hums. Here, too, upholstered pews, a last-twice-as-long-as-Jesus miracle fabric called Herculon over foam the bums of bums will appreciate. And me, sixteen, sneaking out, faking a coughing spell and bound for the old church next door, alone, but… More

Bare Tree

Robert Wrigley You, most admirable aspen tree: I admire the way a wound sine bull elk grinding his develveting horns on your trunk has healed to a pale gray that accentuates your beauty now, a decade later on. And as today’s autumn storm undresses you leaf by delicate gold leaf, I watch until you stand… More