Casting Deep Shade
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Pub Date: 02/01/2019

Pages: 160

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

Imprint: Copper Canyon Press

ISBN 13: 9781556595486

ISBN 10: 1556595484

Price: $32.00 / $46.50 CAN

Casting Deep Shade

By C.D. Wright

Price: $32.00



About the Book

“C.D. Wright belongs to a school of exactly one.” —The New York Times

“C.D. Wright has been writing some of the greatest poetry-cum-prose you can find in American literature.” —Dave Eggers

Casting Deep Shade is a passionate, poetic exploration of humanity’s shared history with the beech tree. Before Wright’s unexpected death in 2016, she was deeply engaged in years of ambling research to better know this tree—she visited hundreds of beech trees, interviewed arborists, and delved into the etymology, folk lore, and American history of the species. Written in Wright’s singular prosimetric style, this “memoir with beech trees” demonstrates the power of words to conserve, preserve, and bare witness.

Honoring Wright’s lifelong fascination with books as objects, this final work is a three-panel hardcover that encloses the body of text, illustrated with striking color photographs of beech trees by artist Denny Moers.

George and Nannette Herrick allowed me to watch their best-loved beech be brought to the ground. Mrs. Herrick said her grandson was going to be so mad when he came to town to find his favorite climber gone. Mrs. Herrick wanted the tree cut to the grass. She did not want the stump to linger as a reminder.

Born in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, C. D. Wright has received numerous honors for her poetry, including the National Book Critics Circle Award. Wright taught at Brown University for over thirty years.

About the Book

In the face of loss—past, present, and future—C.D. Wright’s final work demonstrates the power of words to conserve, preserve, and witness.


C.D. Wright was born and raised in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. She has published over a dozen collections of poetry, most recently One With Others (Copper Canyon Press, 2011). She has received numerous awards including a MacArthur Fellowship and taught for many years at Brown University.