Charles Wright Reads ‘Together’

BY artsdesk  March 1, 2011 at 1:38 PM EDT

Charles Wright reads “Together.”

Together
I wish I had the capacity
to see through my own death.
Some flash light, some force of flame
Picking out diamond points
of falling leaves and the river of stars.

This is the year I am scraping the ice away from its sidewalks.
This is the year I’ve slid its shoes off.
This is the year I’ve started to keep it company,
and comb its hair.

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.