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Poets Laureate

Charles Wright (Dan Addison/Courtesy UVA Today)

Charles Wright: New US Poet Laureate

June 13, 2014

We are thrilled to congratulate Charles Wright on his appointment to the post of US Poet Laureate. A frequent contributor to VQR since the 1990s, Wright writes elegantly and powerfully about—in his words—“landscape, language, and the idea of Go [...]

What Doesn’t Happen

The notion that the carriage wheels clattering through Paris
remind him of the drums from the islands in his father’s tales:
clickclack sputterwhir—he could make a song of it, dance

The Summer Houses

All winter long they are occupied only by their vacancy.
The paintings look out from the white walls.
The wicker beds and the wicker chairs are not taken.