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Charles Wright, the Poet Laureate of the United States is the master of capturing landscape and meditation. He is the Library Of Congressʻ 20th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Wright was born in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee, in 1935. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife. He discovered poetry at the age of 23 while serving in the Army in Verona, Italy. Since then, he’s gone on to publish 24 books of poetry. One of his earliest influences was Ezra Pound, evident in Wright’s first major collection, “The Grave of the Right Hand.”

Charles Wright

Most of his early work consisted of long poems like the ones found in “Black Zodiac” (1997), which won the Pulitzer Prize. Wright taught at the University of California-Irvine before joining the faculty at the University of Virginia.

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His latest collection is called “Caribou.” He starts his poems with a pencil and paper and then uses a typewriter on his desk.

Lullaby – by Charles Wright

I’ve said what I had to say
As melodiously as it was given to me.

I’ve said what I had to say
As far down as I could go.
I’ve been everywhere

I’ve wanted to but Jerusalem,
Which doesn’t exist, so I guess it’s time to depart,

Time to go,
Time to meet those you’ve never met,
time to say goodnight.

Grant us silence, grant us no reply,
Grant us shadows and their cohorts
stealth across the sky.

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“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

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