Spring 1997 • Vol. XIX No. 2 Poetry |

Basic Dialogue

The transformation of objects in space,                                or objects in time, To objects outside either, but tactile, still precise … It's always the same problem— Nothing's more abstract, more unreal,                               than what we actually see. The job is to make it otherwise. Two dead crepe myrtle bushes,                           tulips petal-splayed and swan-stemmed, All blossoms gone from the blossoming trees—the new loss Is not like old loss, Winter-kill, a jubilant revelation, an artificial thing Linked and lifted by pure description into the other world. Self-oblivion, sacred information, God's nudge— I think I'll piddle around by the lemon tree, thorns Sharp as angel's teeth.                     I think I'll lie d

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Charles Wright’s most recent collection of poems is Bye-and-Bye (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux). He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, and recently retired from the University of Virginia. Wright was named poet laureate of the United States in the summer of 2014.

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