“All Things Come from Splendor”: The Poet Laureate Charles Wright

I was excited last summer when I heard that Charles Wright would become the Poet Laureate of the United States. I am drawn to the way he meditates on the weather and the change of seasons as though they are life-giving texts and discerns meaning about himself and his mortality. He translates the language of … More “All Things Come from Splendor”: The Poet Laureate Charles Wright

The Great Fires Taught Me How to Love

Jack Gilbert’s book of poems, The Great Fires, is a meditation on the ten years after the death of his beloved wife, Michiko Nogami. The poems are stark and lyrical, portraying grief against the minimalist landscape of Pittsburgh and rural Greece. In a confessional style, Gilbert speaks personally to the reader with little to no narrator in … More The Great Fires Taught Me How to Love