“After Reading Wang Wei, I Go Outside to the Full Moon”
A Poem by Charles Wright

From His Collection Oblivion Banjo

December 5, 2019  By Charles Wright

Back here, old snow like lace cakes,
Candescent and brittle now and then through the tall grass.
Remorse, remorse, the dark drones.

The body’s the affliction,
No resting place in the black pews of the winter trees,
No resting place in the clouds.

Mercy upon us, old man,
You in the China dust, I this side of my past life,
Salt in the light of heaven.

Isolate landscape. World’s grip.
The absolute, as small as a poker chip, moves off,
Bright moon shining between pines.


Oblivion Banjo

Excerpted from Oblivion Banjo: The Poetry of Charles Wright by Charles Wright. Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux November 5th 2019. Copyright © 2019 by Charles Wright. All rights reserved.

Charles Wright
Charles Wright
Charles Wright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Book Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and the Bollingen Prize for Poetry, lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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