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The Best American Poetry 2008

  Charles WrightCharles Wright was born in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee, in 1935. Educated at Davidson College in North Carolina, he served in U. S. Army intelligence for four years, and then attended the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Chickagauga, his eleventh collection of poems, won the 1996 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. A year later, Black Zodiac (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His other books include Scar Tissue (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006, Buffalo Yoga (2004), Negative Blue (2000), Appalachia (1998), The World of Ten Thousand Things: Poems 1980-1990, Zone Journals (1988), and Country Music: Selected Early Poems (1983). He has two volumes of criticism in the University of Michigan Press’s Poets on Poetry series: Halflife (1988) and Quarter Notes (1995). His translation of Eugenio Montale’s The Storm and Other Poems (1978) received the PEN Translation Prize. In 1999 he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He is Souder Family Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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