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Two by Charles Wright

Today, the Library of Congress names Charles Wright as the new Poet Laureate of the United States. In honor of Charles’ well-deserved title, here are two of his poems from Issue 39, Appetites.

ONLY THE I CHING HEXAGRAMS ARE LACKING

 

Unlike despair, happiness knows no final answer.

As one who has carried discontent

Like car keys,

why should I silence the music of their ping and jingle?

 

I turn to the Master of No Speech

And seek his counsel.

In the dye-glare of Zattere waters,

He opens his hands: five elements and the ten celestial stems.

 

“ON THE TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE”

 

The older I become, the more the landscape resembles me.

All morning a misty rain,

All afternoon the sun uncovered and covered by cloud snares.

 

At night, in the evergreens,

The moonlight slides off the wind-weary branches, and will not stick.

No movement, the dark forest.

 

Charles Wright is the author of over 20 collections of poetry, including A Short History of the Shadow, Scar Tissue, and Caribou. Today, he was named Poet Laureate of the United States of America.

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