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Robert Wrigley

Robert Wrigley is the author of five collections of poetry including Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems (Penguin, 2006) and Reign of Snakes (Penguin, 1999), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award. Wrigley’s awards include the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry magazine, the Wagner Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Theodore Roethke Award from Poetry Northwest, and two Pushcart Prizes. He is currently the director of the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Idaho.


None Shall Sleep

Fall 2008 | Poetry

The pang and clangor of pitch-dense wood
in the stove and the odd, almost syncopated
pops of studs, joists, and rafters as they warm [...]


Fall 2008 | Poetry

At the lower fence line under the stars
he hears what at first he takes
to be the neighbor’s mare come
to investigate his apple pocket [...]

Bear Dreams

Autumn 2002 | Poetry

What had seemed to him in June just a few five-petaled pink wild roses was in fact a weeks long, slow-moving onslaught of flowers. He sees this now, in September, having come down from the house to the deep undergrowth outside the fence, fence th [...]

Invisible Men

   1 For the mile past American Steel I breathed in my cargo of roses, but even in that sweetness I could feel the lung grit and chronic bloody noses of my childhood. It was my last day delivering flowers, and the dead man these were meant to hon [...]


Autumn 2002 | Poetry

For how many days had the dog shaken? She'd shaken and shaken, standing hunched, unable to walk or lie,   until exhaustion overtook her, and pivoting on one leg she folded down— shaking, shaking—and did not sleep even on the last night or [...]