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Bowls will receive us,
and sprinkle black scratch in our eyes.
Later, at the great fork on the untouchable road,
It won't matter where we have become.
Unburdened by prayer, unburdened by any supplication,
Someone will take our hand,
someone will give us refuge,
Circling left or circling right.
Charles Wright was born in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee, in
1935 and was educated at Davidson College and the
University of Iowa. Chickamauga, his eleventh collection
of poems, won the 1996 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.
Wright's most recent collection, Scar Tissue (2007), was
the international winner for the Griffin Poetry Prize. His
other books include Buffalo Yoga (Farrar, Straus &
Giroux, 2004); Negative Blue (2000); Appalachia (1998);
Black Zodiac (1997), which won the Pulitzer Prize and
the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; The World of the Ten
Thousand Things: Poems 1980-1990; Zone Journals
(1988); Country Music: Selected Early Poems (1983),
which won the National Book Award; Hard Freight
(1973), which was nominated for the National Book
Award; and two volumes of criticism: Halflife (1988) and
Quarter Notes (1995). His translation of Eugenio
Montale's The Storm and Other Poems (1978) was
awarded the PEN Translation Prize. His many honors
include the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award
of Merit Medal and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. In 1999
he was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American
Poets. He is Souder Family Professor of English at the
University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
National Poetry Month
National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of
poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The
concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media
to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic
heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic
range and concern.
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