New Release Books by Jay Wright

Jay Wright is the author of Soul and Substance (2023), The Dramatic Radiance of Number (2022), History of the Unnameables (2021), Thirteen Quintets for Lois (2021) and other 64 books.

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Soul and Substance

release date: Jun 06, 2023
Soul and Substance
A collection of new and startlingly original essays from an acclaimed poet, essayist, and playwright Jay Wright is widely recognized as one of the most important American poets of the past half century. But in recent years, he has also written a series of unconventional essays that he calls "examination papers," which he defines as "designated inquiries to myself." In these linked essays, most of which resemble prose-poems, with only a few lines set on each page, Wright explores abiding artistic and philosophical concerns, including language, aesthetic form, knowledge, time, and death. Soul and Substance presents these pieces for the first time. Drawing on everything from African mythology to mathematical axioms, Wright reflects on a wide range of topics: the difficulties of defining and confronting death; the challenge of transcending one's own consciousness; the nature of rhythm and the structure of space; and the relationship between the self, the body, and the material world. Throughout, the book examines the limits of human knowledge and the implications of our always imperfect understanding. Experimental and original, Soul and Substance is an important addition to the work of a major writer.

The Dramatic Radiance of Number

release date: Aug 30, 2022
The Dramatic Radiance of Number
One of the most celebrated African American poet's work as a playwright Jay Wright is a poet's poet; identified by poet Dante Micheaux as one of the best American poets--because "his poetry represents everything that America is and...not what he would like it to be." One of two, this volume of Wright's selected plays offers readers, performers, theatre makers, and scholars an expansive look into an under-explored area of the poet's body of work, spanning over four decades, from the early 1970s to 2015. Those who know Wright's poetry will find familiar rhythms and figures. New to the scene, however, is the mobilization of polysemy, quantum entanglement, and global-American identities within theatrical form. Arriving amid a pandemic, however, when the face of theatre has been forced to change in order to comport itself to new restrictions on liveness, these texts seem to challenge us to find other ways to perform, to tell stories, to grow together. Moving between Vermont, the Sandia Mountains, unnamed rivers, San Pedro, an urban square, Boca Negra, Mesa City, and numerous liminal spaces of ritual and incantation, these plays, selected by Jay and Lois Wright, showcase quotidian terrestrial affairs spliced with spiritual ascendency. Those who pick up these plays will find themselves involved in everything. In VOLUME ONE: Passage, The Hunt and Double Night of the Wood, The Playing Space, Lemma, Syntax, Aria. Drama. African & African American Studies.

History of the Unnameables

release date: Sep 14, 2021
History of the Unnameables
Working in a germ warfare and nanotech lab has several drawbacks. Injecting yourself with your own experiment is only one of them... A missing scientist. A decimated energy lab. An old lover bent on revenge. A game of online espionage. Jay Wright's work has appeared in Curve Magazine, Alternate Realities, The Paumanok Review and SN Review. History of the Unnameables mixes cutting edge science, headline internet espionage, and a composed artfulness in this debut longform work from Jay Wright writer for Star Trek and Aardman.

Thirteen Quintets for Lois

release date: Dec 06, 2021
Thirteen Quintets for Lois
Poetry. In THIRTEEN QUINTETS FOR LOIS, Jay Wright has found both form and structure to intertwine aspects of music, logic, number theory, and philosophy in a wide-ranging, exhilarating harmony. With rhymes providing a ceremonial dimension, the poems read at times like those of a playful and lyrical Parmenides in their meditations on being and grace.

Exiles

release date: Oct 12, 2020
Exiles
Tartus vowed after the war it would never happen again. That was before they found their new home in Las Vegas. His people operate in secret at the edges of society, lower working class, living in trailer parks, operating junk stores and digging - mainly at the nuclear waste containment facility known as Yucca Mountain. They are unreal refugees, residents in the counterfeit that is Las Vegas. Fenur's people are dead. The remaining elves hate him for what he had to do. They have found a home and new wealth in the casino system, and with the casinos' less savory organized crime figures. He likes it here, even if they think it's beneath them. The old tribal ways and conflicts are emerging in this new world. It may keep them from returning home.

Attitude

release date: Feb 28, 2017
Attitude
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the coach of the 2016 and 2018 NCAA Tournament–winning Villanova University men’s basketball team comes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a champion, along with lessons from his coaching career and the story of his personal road to success. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BLOOMBERG When Kris Jenkins sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to win the 2016 NCAA Tournament, it was a victory not just for a team and its coach but for an entire program. In his twentieth season with the Villanova program, including a five-year stint as an assistant to Coach Rollie Massimino, Coach Jay Wright had achieved his lifelong dream—and witnessed the culmination of a decades-long effort to build a culture of winning around a set of core values. In Attitude, Coach Wright shares some of the leadership secrets that have enabled Villanova, a private university with an undergraduate enrollment of less than 6,500, to thrive in the hypercompetitive world of college athletics. As he recounts the story of the 2015–16 Wildcats, Coach Wright offers anecdotes from his own journey up the ladder of success, with lessons learned on the Little League playing fields of his youth and wisdom passed down from his coaches and mentors. Each step of Villanova’s journey to a national championship incorporates a signature term torn from Coach Wright’s own motivational playbook. Here are key principles that aspiring leaders can apply, not only on the basketball court but in the boardroom, the classroom, and the living room. From learning to accept your role to remembering to honor those who came before us, Jay Wright’s core values provide a positive blueprint for transformational team building based on the idea that anyone—from the head coach to the last player on the bench—can be a leader when the moment demands it. The product of a lifetime’s worth of championship-level preparation, Attitude is perfect for anyone looking to build a team, achieve a goal, or nurture their own winning culture. Praise for Attitude “Jay Wright’s Attitude is filled with wonderful anecdotes, life lessons, and that which we all seek: wisdom.”—Phil Knight, co-founder and chairman emeritus, Nike “In 2015–16, Villanova displayed the best attributes of a champion by playing hard, smart, and together. Jay Wright instilled those traits in his team, and in Attitude he shares the universal leadership lessons that helped it succeed.”—Mike Krzyzewski, head coach, Duke University basketball

The Prime Anniversary

release date: Jul 29, 2019
The Prime Anniversary
Poetry. Drama. African & African American Studies. THE PRIME ANNIVERSARY is comprised of a sequence of poems and a one-act play, common themes of which include number, measure, and the very idea of continuity. Drawing from Pythagorean sources and Spanish modernist poets, among others, Jay Wright examines arithmetical proportions and the limits of intonation that define harmony. Invoking Empedocles' philosophy of love and strife, attraction and separation, the continuous and the discrete, Wright resurrects the pre-Socratic practice of exploring thought in verse.

Polynomials and Pollen

release date: Jan 01, 2008
Polynomials and Pollen
A gift for his wife, Jay Wright's Polynomials and Pollen explores the complementary exigencies of abstraction and physicality. In five sections, each arranged under the aegis of a tutelary concept - from the Yoruba, Akan, Bamana, and Nahuatl - the book is a constellation of protophilosophical inquiry into notions of order, disarray, evidence, flowering, and return; it is also a dynamically visceral work whose feelingtones register rage as well as devotion and whose form is masterwork.

The Presentable Art of Reading Absence

release date: Jan 01, 2008
The Presentable Art of Reading Absence
The Presentable Art of Reading Absence takes as impulse the act of meditation, in which the energetic relationship between a meditative body and its universe is not only the envisioning of absence by presence but also vision itself: "Here begins the revelation of a kiosk." With occult emotionality and analytic brilliance, Jay Wright has written the user's guide to evanescence: "I have become attuned / to the disappearance of all things / and of my self ..." This is not the postmodern removal of subjectivity from artistic creation, nor is it a motioning toward death or finality; it is, instead, the literal removal of a self from noisy, populated ruins and its return to being.

The Guide Signs

release date: Oct 01, 2007
The Guide Signs
In The Guide Signs, acclaimed poet Jay Wright closes a movement he opened with his first book, The Homecoming Singer, in 1971, a movement that takes its design from the ancient people of Mali. Wright continued this theme in subsequent works, gathered in Transfigurations: Collected Poems (2000), whose eight books represent the eight master signs. The two new books of The Guide Signs represent the primordial Nommo twins. All together, these ten books, as the ten earlier signs taken from the “complete signs of the world,” provide the base for the soul and life force given to everything. Wright encourages the reader to participate in weaving the fragile and fragmentary fabric of experience, and to do what Horace Silver encourages his listeners to do—“get down in the music with us.”

Transfigurations

release date: Jan 01, 2000
Transfigurations
Few poets have as much to tell us about the intricate relationship between the African American past and present as Jay Wright. His poems weave a rich fabric of personal history using diverse materials drawn from African, Native American, and European sources. Scholarly, historical, intuitive, and emotional, his work explores territories in which rituals of psychological and spiritual individuation find a new synthesis in the construction of cultural values. Never an ideologue but always a poet of vision, he shows us a way to rejoice and strengthen ourselves in our common humanity. Here, together for the first time, are Wright's previously published collections -- The Homecoming Singer (1971), Soothsayers and Omens (1976), Explications/Interpretations (1984), Dimensions of History (1976), The Double Invention of Komo (1980), Elaine's Book (1988), and Boleros (1991) -- along with the new poems of Transformations (1997). By presenting Wright's work as a whole, this collection reveals the powerful consistency of his theme -- a spiritual or intellectual quest for personal development -- as each book builds solidly upon the previous one. Wright examines history from a multicultural perspective, attempting to conquer a sense of exclusion -- from society and his own cultural identity -- and find solace and accord by linking American society to African traditions. He believes that a poem must articulate the vital rhythms of the culture it depicts and is dedicated to a pursuit of poetic forms that embody the cadence of African American culture. In "The Albuquerque Graveyard", he offers a poignant elegy to victims of slavery's Middle Passage and also reveals the purpose of his poetry.to the Black limbo, an unwritten history of our own tensions. The dead lie here in a hierarchy of small defeats. Defying characterization, Wright has experimented with voices, languages, cultures, and forms not normally associated with African American literature. He is well schooled in the cultures of West Africa, Europe, and the Americas, and -- true to his New Mexican birth -- he is a powerful synthesizer of human experience. Transfigurations reveals Wright to be a man of profound knowledge and a poet of exalted verbal intensity.

Explications/Interpretations

release date: Jan 01, 1984

Crossroads in the Dark 2

release date: Dec 17, 2016
Crossroads in the Dark 2
32 tales...32 storytellers with a twisted mind to entice you. When you were younger, the stories told around the campfire were the best you had ever heard. The bedtime stories our elders would tell us were the ones that put us to sleep but the campfire was where you got the chills to stay up because of every sound the woods made at night. It is hard to believe in a world where things do not get creepier at night or the world does not come more to life at dusk. Where the world gets just a little unhinged in the dark. Urban Legends is a collection with some of today's up and coming authors in the indie world. Giving you their takes on the tales they grew up with...legends of mystery, of the macabre, of horror, designed to make the hairs on your neck stand alert and your skin crawl. You know some of the stories but do you know the twisted minds of the author telling the tale? Make sure you keep the lights on...things get harder to wrap your thoughts around at the Crossroads in the Dark. TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction "Inclusion" by Edd Sowder Foreword by Kerry Alan Denney The Game by Kevin Wimer The Trusted by Samantha Alexandra Possession of the Hexham Heads by L. M. Barrett Site 48 by T. J. Weeks Tommy's Bend by David Owain Hughes A Farmhouse Haunting by L. Bachman Pump One by Richard Farren Barber The Scarlet Cloak by Karen Bovenmyer The Yonder by R. M. Warren Forfeit Tissue by C. C. Adams Plague by T. Joseph Browder The Whispering Tree by Glenn Damien Campbell Sleep Tight by Brian G. Murray The Miners by Alice J. Black The Legend of Sugisawa Village by Michael Arnold Sweet Dreams by Jonathan Shipley Cemetery Mountain by Jay Michael Wright II Send in the Clowns by Kerry Alan Denney Dream Sequence by S. L. Perrine Friend Request by Frank Martin Eigengrau by Michael Schutz Pigman Road by W. T. Watson The Goatman by Mark Reefe Sad Sarah by Carl Alves Urban Legend (With a Modern Twist) by Donna Marie West Night Hunt by L. D. Ricard Shadow Ink by Aziza Sphinx The King of Hollywood by MJ Kobernus Slow Gurgling Under Water by Sergio Palumbo The Dark Forest by James Master The Spirited Children by S. L. Kerns Severed Attachments by Jonathan Edward Ondrashek

Whisper My Name

release date: Dec 01, 2016

Selected Poems of Jay Wright

release date: Jan 01, 1987
Selected Poems of Jay Wright
The Description for this book, Selected Poems of Jay Wright, will be forthcoming.

Industrial Dynamics

release date: Dec 01, 2013
Industrial Dynamics
2013 Reprint of 1961 First Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. This work has been cited as one of the most seminal works of the era. Forrester outlines industrial dynamics as an experimental, quantitative philosophy for designing corporate structure and policies that are compatible with an organization's growth and stability objectives. Forrester believes that management systems possess an orderly and identifiable framework that determines the character of industrial and economic behavior. In this volume, he presents for the first time a methodology for detecting and exhibiting this structure for study.

Disorientations

release date: Jan 01, 2013
Disorientations
Poetry. African American Studies. Drifting from New Mexico with lawman Elfego Baca to Ricardo Molinari's Buenos Aires all the way back to ancient Alexandria, DISORIENTATIONS: GROUNDINGS offers an erudite and at times dizzying exploration of our mortal limits. Metaphysical in both content and manner of metaphor, these poems are in constant dialogue with the physical sciences, mathematics, and number theory. The result is a startling, quixotic, and truly original poetry.

LSC CPSU (WASHINGTON STATE UNIV PULLMAN) PSY105: LSC CPSZ (Washington State) The Wright Teaching Tips

release date: Dec 10, 2010
LSC CPSU (WASHINGTON STATE UNIV PULLMAN) PSY105: LSC CPSZ (Washington State) The Wright Teaching Tips
The Wright Teaching Tips: Strategies and Techniques for Beginning College and University Instructors is designed to teach graduate students to teach large lecture classes. This book focuses on effective teaching strategies and lecture techniques proven effective in large introductory classes. It provides an easy to follow guide concerning important steps in preparing for, and the delivery of, a college level introductory class in any discipline. The book is designed to be used to assist in the training of graduate students and new faculty members new to teaching and assigned to their first course. Although there is no substitute for the experience gained in the classroom, prior preparation and practice lectures can provide the information necessary to avoid major mistakes while emphasizing effective lecture techniques. The advice and teaching tips included come from many years of trial-and-error testing of teaching approaches, with emphasis on those effective with large classes. This book can be used as a stand-alone guide to teaching, as part of a teaching workshop, or as a reference textbook in a formal course devoted to teaching strategies and techniques. This book focuses on: How to select a textbook and prepare a class syllabus. Lecture techniques effective in large classes. Methods to facilitate and focus student attention. Ways to establish mutual respect. Techniques to facilitate class discussion. How to interpret student body language. How to incorporate technology into classroom teaching. Ways to reduce student isolation.

Music's Mask and Measure

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Music's Mask and Measure
Poetry. At once clear and hermetic, oracular and elegiac, MUSIC'S MASK AND MEASURE presents a series of five "equations" in a cosmic algebra. Drawing from such disparate sources as medieval theology, modern physics, and a Pythagorean sense of harmony, these poems offer glimpses of a dance in which only one partner can be seen. Reading them, we move in "the firm embrace/ of the unsolved." Jay Wright is the author of eight previous books of poetry that were collected in one volume, Transfigurations, in 2000; he won the Bollingen Prize for Poetry in 2005.

GAS - Living with Guitar Acquisition Syndrome

release date: Mar 01, 2006
GAS - Living with Guitar Acquisition Syndrome
A tongue-in-cheek book for guitar players, collectors, and professional musicians who suffer from Guitar Acquisition Syndrome. It contains insights, tips, and tools from well over 200 afflicted enthusiasts from 23 countries.

Boleros

release date: Jan 01, 1991
Boleros
Like Jay Wright's previous poetry, Boleros provokes in the reader "a passion for what is hidden," emphasizing names--of places, muses, saints' days--and the imaginative histories behind them. As always, the linguistic surface changes rapidly as Wright's geographic journeys become explicit explorations of poetic form. Boleros is more than a conventional collection of poems. Each part of the book connects to, engages with, and changes the others, so the book itself becomes a text in motion. These poems perform the creative process itself and succeed exquisitely in making the reader part of that process and its excitement.

Consulting

release date: Jan 01, 2002
Consulting
Description: This work is configured to encourage members of the academic community to consider initiating a part-time consulting practice in their areas of knowledge. Professor Wright provides a step-by-step program for developing a consulting niche that will be valuable to clients and competitive with other consultants.

Emotional Exploration Journal

release date: Jul 09, 2021
Emotional Exploration Journal
A journal to help you connect to yourself by way of a few of your basic emotions. As a counselor, I encourage my clients to write out similar exercises to help them connect and explore their inner world.
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