Charles Wright: Poetry as Reason for Living

If you’ve made your way through contemporary American poetry, you’ve likely run across Charles Wright. If you haven’t, you should consider yourself lucky because you have hours of incredible reading in front of you.

Wright’s poetry has been an increasingly powerful influence on my own work. I’m entranced by the simplicity and complexity that exist simultaneously in his work, and the endless range and variety of images that appear in his verse. What I think is most striking, and most worth sharing, in this short video from PBS is that Wright admits poetry is his ‘reason for living.’ Not that I think poetry should be everyone’s reason for living–but I’m humbled to see someone so effectively tap into the greater aspects of human experience, that which is both more personal and more universal, and understand that that, whatever that is, is a reason for living.

If above does not work, see video HERE.

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