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Country Music: Selected Early Poems

National Book Award for Poetry 1983

by Charles Wright & David St. John

A compilation of powerful and moving poems from early in the poet’s career.


Buffalo Yoga

by Charles Wright

The sun has set behind the Blue Ridge,

And evening with its blotting paper

lifts off the light.

Shadowy yards. Moon through the white pines

--"Landscape with Missing Overtones"

Never has Charles Wright's vision...


Sestets

by Charles Wright

Sestets is the nineteenth book from one of the country’s most acclaimed poets, a masterpiece of formal rigor and a profound meditation on nature and mortality. It is yet another virtuosic showcase for Charles...


Scar Tissue

by Charles Wright

Hard to imagine that no one counts,

that only things endure.

Unlike the seasons, our shirts don't shed,

Whatever we see does not see us,

however hard we look,

The rain in its silver earrings against the oak trunks,...


Negative Blue

by Charles Wright

The culmination of the cycle that won Wright the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award

Time will append us like suit coats left out overnight

On a deck chair, loose change dead weight in the right...


Littlefoot

by Charles Wright

After the end of something, there comes another end,

This one behind you, and far away.

Only a lifetime can get you to it,

and then just barely.

 

Littlefoot, the eighteenth book from one of this country's most...


Chickamauga

by Charles Wright

This volume, Wright's eleventh book of poetry, is a vivid, contemplative, far-reaching, yet wholly plain-spoken collection of moments appearing as lenses through which to see the world beyond our moments. Chickamauga...


Appalachia

by Charles Wright

Almost thirty years ago, Charles Wright (who teaches at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and has won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Poetry) began a poetic project of astonishing...


The World of the Ten Thousand Things

by Charles Wright

The World of Ten Thousand Things gathers The Southern Cross (1981), The Other Side of the River (1984), Zone Journals (1988), and a new group of poems, "Xionia," into one volume, allowing us to see Wright's...


A Short History of the Shadow

by Charles Wright

Luminous new poems from the author of "The Appalachian Book of the Dead"

Landscape, as Wang Wei says, softens the sharp edges of isolation.

Don't just do something, sit there.

And so I have, so I have,

the seasons...


Black Zodiac

by Charles Wright

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award

Black Zodiac offers poems suffused with spiritual longing—lyrical meditations on faith, religion, heritage, and morality. The poems also...


Caribou

by Charles Wright

A powerfully moving meditation on life and the beyond, from one of our finest American poets

Charles Wright’s truth—the truth of nature, of man’s yearning for the divine, of aging—is at the heart of the...


Zone Journals

by Charles Wright

Charles Wright called his seventh collection Zone Journals to emphasize how the poems draw on time and place as their starting point. But despite the air of immediacy and informality, they are artfully composed,...