Remembering Waltham-Based Poet Franz Wright08:42

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The poet Franz Wright died last week from lung cancer at his home in Waltham. He was 62 years old. Wright won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for his collection of poems, "Walking To Martha's Vineyard."

Franz Wright was the son of the celebrated poet James Wright, who also won a Pulitzer — making them the only parent-child combination to win the prize for poetry.

Wright wrote beautiful and deceptively simple poems, often about the pain of life, but also its beauty. They reflect his search for self-discovery and his struggles with mental illness and addiction.


Deborah Garrison, poetry editor at Alfred A. Knopf Publishing. She edited Franz Wright's "Walking To Martha's Vineyard," among other works.

This segment aired on May 22, 2015.