Charles Wright ’57 Wins Bollingen Prize for Poetry


Charles Wright ’57. Photo courtesy U.Va./Dan Addison

Charles Wright ’57, professor emeritus at U.Va. and one of America’s most celebrated poets, has won Yale’s 2013 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry, which carries a cash award of $150,000. Well Wright ought to win prizes, I say, for helping us wonder about our oft-neglected souls with such clarity of elemental questioning:

After it’s over, after the last gaze has shut down,
Will I have become
The landscape I’ve looked at and walked through
Or the road that took me there
or the time it took to arrive?
—from Sprung Narratives by Charles Wright

For more on the Bollingen and on Wright’s work, see the Yale press release and this U.Va. profile.

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