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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

from Littlefoot

35. The level’s so low in the short pond,The snipe seems to walk on water,ruffling his dagger-drawn wingsAs he heads for the next mossed hillock.Suddenly, under a cloud, the sun’s bottom auras the pond’s surface,And snipe is consumed by fire [...]