The experimental, largely free verse poems in The Branch Will Not Break by James Wright shocked readers at the time and helped change American poetry.
On this program, Maura Stanton reads "In The Bleak Midwinter" and "Snowy."
"This cold winter/ Moon spills the inhuman fire/ Of jewels/ Into my hands." --James Wright
Stafford won numerous awards for his poetry and wrote influential books of essays about writing poetry.