Best Selling Books by Jay Wright with Michael Sheridan and Mark Dagostino

Jay Wright with Michael Sheridan and Mark Dagostino is the author of Attitude (2017), Exiles (2020), Invisible City, The Guide Signs (2007) and other 122 books.

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Attitude

release date: Jan 01, 2017
Attitude
The head basketball coach at Villanova University outlines the leadership strategies he attributes to the successes of his NCAA championship team and how they can be adapted to enable personal and professional excellence.

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.

Invisible City

Invisible City
Geof is a schizophrenic and a gifted hacker. A military brat, his dad happens to work for National Security Agency. Geof cut his teeth hacking his dad''s laptop. When Geof tries an experimental gene treatment for his disease, he doesn''t realize where it will lead... The loss of one of the intelligence community''s own and the intersection of global and personal events puts Geof in the sites of a Chinese conspiracy. But can he trust his own mind?

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.

The Soul's Tariff

release date: Jan 02, 2020
The Soul's Tariff
"The artistic and personal world of 16th-century Venice is beautifully evoked in Johnson''s kaleidoscopic novella... Johnson''s Tintoretto is a wonderfully convincing fictional creation, an inspired combination of brilliance and a contemplative kind of pessimism...particularly Venetian mordant humor filters throughout Wright''s dialogue-rich book... Wright also does a first-rate job succinctly painting the tense international background in which Venice is threatened both by the Habsburgs in the north and the Ottomans in the east. The whole thing is fast-paced and entirely satisfying. Recommended." - Historical Novel Society When a telescope arrives in Venice from the East, Jacopo Robusti, better known as the painter Tintoretto, is asked to examine and replicate it. In the winter of 1571 Cyprus has fallen. The Habsburgs press on the Venetian State from the north. War with the Ottoman Empire is coming to the seas.

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.

Fortunate Isles

Fortunate Isles
Jay Wright collected literary short stories of bebop, traffic jams and edible gene therapy.

Explications/Interpretations

release date: Jan 01, 1984

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.

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.

Figurations and Dedications

release date: Aug 30, 2022
Figurations and Dedications
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 TWO: The Crossing, Daughters of the Water, Homage to Anthony Braxton, The Crossing of the Second River, The Delights of Memory, The Disappearance of Mexico, The Possible Impossibility of Leaving Home. Poetry. Drama. African & African American Studies.

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 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.

Whisper My Name

release date: Sep 06, 2016
Whisper My Name
A baby girl makes sense of her brand new world, the entirety of which is comprised solely of her parents love. They are her sun and her moon. Their love is the air she breathes. "Whisper my name" she asks, seeking the love and tenderness that comes along with that whisper, "I need to hear it from you."

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.

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.

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.

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.

Principles of Systems

Principles of Systems
Systems; Preview of feedback dynamics; Models and simulation; Structure of systems; Equations and computation; Models - miscellaneous; Flow diagrams; DYNAMO compiler; integration.

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.

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.

Elaine's Book

release date: Jan 01, 1988

Understanding Social and Economic Change in the United States

Where'd the Sun Go?

release date: Jan 01, 2013
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