A collection of Wright's essays on the language of poetry

“…there can’t be good poetry without a good criticism. I [do] not mean that there has to be a great body of formal criticism in print. I [mean] that a person who is writing and reading is going to be able to write better and more truly if he tries to think about language, if he tries to imagine what his own writing is going to look like and smell like and sound like to an intelligent person of good will.” –James Wright