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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 first one to rise on a Sunday morning,
I enter the white bathroom
trying not to think of Christ or Wallace Stevens.