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One of the few pleasures of writing
is the thought of one’s book in the hands of a kind-hearted
intelligent person somewhere. I can’t remember what the 
      others are right now.
I just noticed that it is my own private

National I Hate Myself and Want to Die Day
(which means the next day I will love my life
and want to live forever). The forecast calls
for a cold night in Boston all morning

and all afternoon. They say
tomorrow will be just like today,
only different. I’m in the cemetery now
at the edge of town, how did I get here?

A sparrow limps past on its little bone crutch saying
I am Federico Garcia Lorca
risen from the dead–
literature will lose, sunlight will win, don’t worry.

—Franz Wright

From FIELD: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, vol. 70, 2004
Oberlin College Press

Copyright 2004 Franz Wright.
All rights reserved.

Reprinted by permission of Franz Wright. Copyright 2004 by by Franz Wright. For further permissions information, contact Linda Slocum, managing editor, Oberlin College Press, 50 N. Professor St., Oberlin, OH 44074,

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About the Poet

Franz Wright (1953–2015) was the author of 19 poetry collections, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning collection Walking to Martha’s Vineyard (Knopf, 2004). He was born in Vienna, Austria and grew up in the Northwest, the Midwest, and California.

Learn more about Franz Wright at The Poetry Foundation.