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Charles Wright (1935-)
A collection of critical, historical, and biographical information at the Modern American Poetry site.
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Charles Wright
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Charles Wright

Born on August 25, 1935, in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee, Charles Wright was educated at Davidson College and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. He began to read and write poetry while stationed in Italy during his four years of service in the U.S. Army, and published his first collection of poems, The Grave of the Right Hand (Wesleyan University Press), in 1970. His second and third collections, Hard Freight (1973) and Country Music: Selected Early Poems (1983), were both nominated for National Book Awards; the latter received the prize.

Since then, Wright has published numerous collections of poems, most recently Outtakes (Sarabande, 2010); Sestets: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009); Littlefoot: A Poem (2008); Scar Tissue (2007), which was the international winner for the Griffin Poetry Prize; The Wrong End of the Rainbow (Sarabande, 2005); Buffalo Yoga (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004); Negative Blue (2000); Appalachia (1998); Black Zodiac (1997), which won the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Chickamauga (1995), which won the 1996 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets; The World of the Ten Thousand Things: Poems 1980-1990 (1990); and Zone Journals (1988).

Wright has also written two volumes of criticism: Halflife (1988) and Quarter Notes (1995) and has translated the work of Dino Campana in Orphic Songs (Oberlin College Press, 1984) as well as Eugenio Montale's The Storm and Other Poems (1978), which was awarded the PEN Translation Prize.

His many honors include the 2013 Bollingen Prize, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit Medal and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. In 1999 he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He is Souder Family Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Poems by
Charles Wright

Littlefoot, 19, [This is the bird hour]
After Reading Tu Fu, I Go Outside to the Dwarf Orchard
Body and Soul
Body and Soul II
Early Saturday Afternoon, Early Evening
Grace II
Last Supper
Little Ending
Relics
Road Warriors
Sentences II
When You're Lost in Juarez in the Rain and It's Easter Time Too
Words and the Diminution of All Things

Translations by
Charles Wright

In the Greenhouse by Eugenio Montale

Prose by
Charles Wright

Narrative of the Image: A Correspondence

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