Blackbird an online journal of literature and the arts Fall 2007  Vol. 6 No. 2


Chris Abani
Victoria Chang
Michael Chitwood
Keith Ekiss
Gibson Fay-LeBlanc
Beth Ann Fennelly
Raza Ali Hasan
James Hoch
Cyan James
Julia Johnson
Larry Levis
Khaled Mattawa
Timothy O’Keefe
Catherine Pierce
Jon Pineda
John Poch
Austin Segrest
Louie Skipper
Ron Smith
Robert Thomas
Joshua Weiner
Lesley Wheeler
Charles Wright


Six Poems

These six poems by Charles Wright come from a manuscript of ninety-three six line poems with the working title, Sestets. While Wright has written in a shorter form before (most notably in the book China Trace), these poems mark a departure from most of his recent work in which the expansive and generous line for which he is known has held sway. In their brevity, these poems reflect Wright’s focus on the telescoping of time that marks one’s middle and later years. 

Begin with “Down in the Mines.” A next and previous control on each poem allow you to page through the suite without returning to this menu.

   Down in the Mines The Gospel According to Somebody Else
   Flannery's Angel  In Praise of What Is Missing
   Future Tense  Tomorrow