Charles Wright’s most recent book is Bye-and-Bye: Selected Late Poems. (February 2012)


Shadow and Smoke

Live your life as though you were already dead, Che Guevara declared. Okay, let’s see how that works. Not much difference as far as I can see, the earth the same Paradise It’s always wanted to be, Heaven as far away as before, …

Crystal Declension

Well, two things are certain— the sun will rise and the sun will set. Most everything else is up for grabs. It’s back on its way down now As a mother moose and her twin calves Step lightly, lightly across the creek …

Sentences II

Last chapter, last verse— everything’s brown now in the golden field. The threshing floor of the past is past. The Overmountain men of the future lie cusped in their little boxes. The sun backs down, over the ridgeline, at 5 after 7.

Homage to What’s-His-Name

Ah, description, of all the arts the least appreciated. Well, it’s just this and it’s just that, someone will point out. Exactly. It’s just this and it’s just that and nothing other. From landscape to unsuppressed conjunction, it’s only itself. No missteps, no misreading.