Born 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
- “Meet the New U.S. Poet Laureate, Charles Wright,” Interview with Gwen Ifill. PBS NewsHour. 15 June 2014.
- Interview with Collin Segura (Lannan Fellow). Vox Populi. 22 March 2013.
- “Second Acts: A Second Look at Second Books by Charles Wright and Mary Szybist” by Lisa Russ Spaar. Los Angeles Review of Books. 12 March 2013.
- Interview with Daniel Cross Turner. storySouth. 2005.
- Interview with J.D. McClatchy. The Paris Review. 1989.
Seminar | March 26, 2013
Reading | March 26, 2013
Seminar with Jay Parini | November 13, 1997
Reading with Pamela White Hadas | October 18, 1989