Charles Wright

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Charles WrightBorn in Pickwick Dam, TN in 1935, Charles Wright began reading and writing poetry in the late ‘50s while stationed with the U.S. Army in Verona, Italy. Since publishing his first collection, The Grave of the Right Hand, in 1970, Wright has written numerous texts, including three trilogies of poetry and two books of criticism. He has received a National Book Award, the Griffin International Poetry Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and a Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and is considered one of the best American poets of his generation.


There is a street which runs
Slanting into a square
There is a marble hand

There is a pair of glasses
A statue also
Casting a long shadow

Someone is crossing the square
Nailed to a door
There is a pair of gloves



Seminar | March 26, 2013

Reading | March 26, 2013

Seminar with Jay Parini | November 13, 1997

Reading with Pamela White Hadas | October 18, 1989