Charles Wright reads ‘Hasta la Vista Buckaroo’

BY artsdesk  March 1, 2011 at 1:42 PM EDT

Charles Wright reads “Hasta la Vista Buckaroo.”

Hasta la Vista Buckaroo

So many have come and gone, undone
like a rhinestone cowboy,
Dazzle and snuff, Lord, dazzle and snuff,
In a two-bit rodeo.

The entrance to hell is just a tiny hole in the ground,
The size of an old pecan, soul-sized, horizon-sized.
Thousands go through it each day before the mist clears
thousands one by one you’re next.

Charles Wright has written more than 20 books of poetry and his work has won nearly every major award, including the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award.

The NewsHour traveled to Wright’s home in Charlottesville, Va., where he has lived for more than 27 years. For Wright, poetry is his “reason for living” and his work serves as a sort of autobiography, exploring his relationship with language, landscape and the idea of god. Now in his 70′s, Wright’s later poems are concise, often just six lines.

He told the NewsHour, “It’s hard to get more into less, but it can be done.” Read the transcript from our conversation with Charles Wright.