Charles Wright, New Poet Laureate: “You’ve still got to write it down”
Charles Wright will be the new US poet laureate! And he’s phenomenal, don’t you think? Here’s a quick interview he did with NPR, which includes a poem at the end with this gorgeous stanza:
We won’t meet again. So what?
The rust will remain in the trees,
and pine needles stretch their necks,
Their tiny necks, and sunlight will snore in the limp grass.
And here’s a bit from one of my favorites of his, “Black Zodiac,” which is simultaneously so smooth and so jagged that reading it almost makes me feel insane:
The unexamined life’s no different from
the examined life —
Unanswerable questions, small talk,
Unprovable theorems, long-abandoned arguments —
You’ve got to write it all down.
Landscape or waterscape, light-length on evergreen, dark sidebar
you’ve got to write it down.
Memory’s handkerchief, death’s dream and automobile,
you’ve still got to write it down.