Charles Wright Poems

Charles Wright is an American poet who has been described as one of the best poets of his generation. He was born in 1935 in Tennessee and has authored over 20 books of poetry. He served as the Poet Laureate of the United States beginning in 2014. His work is noted for its personal perspective and his ability to create an immediate connection with his readers.

California Dreaming

by Charles Wright

‘California Dreaming’ by Charles Wright, written in 1983, is a poem about Wright’s departure from Laguna Beach, CA, where he lived for six years. In ‘California Dreaming,’ the poet-speaker describes how Californians are similar to another evolution of people from the East.

'California Dreaming' by Charles Wright never got the fame it deserved. This poem serves as a sort of time capsule for the poet, as it depicts his feelings about California that he developed while teaching there. It contains timestamps related to the Vietnam-era hippies who now lived in California and his emotions about his true home back in the East.

We are not born yet, and everything’s crystal under our feet.

We are not brethren, we are not underlings.

We are another nation,

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Clear Night

by Charles Wright

‘Clear Night’ by Charles Wright is a lyrical and beautiful poem about a poet’s thoughts under a clear night sky. It suggests a particular type of life he wants to live and how he wants to be moved by it. 


by Charles Wright

‘Reunion’ by Charles Wright is an emotionally charged poem that expresses the author’s personal relationship to his writing. The author views his poetry as a way to make peace with the past.

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