Charles Wright is the United States Poet Laureate. His poetry collections include Country Music, Black Zodiac, Chickamauga, Bye-and-Bye: Selected Later Poems, Sestets, and Caribou. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Book Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and the 2013 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry. Born in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee in 1935, he currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Black Zodiac concentrates on Charles Wright’s considerable poetic endowment into a new poignance that has to be termed religious. Some of the poems achieve an authentic gnosis in a rapt mode of negative transcendence.” —Harold Bloom

Black Zodiac occupies the position in Wright’s career that The Auroras of Autumn holds in Wallace Stevens’s: Having long since mastered his characteristic voice, the poet has passed through the terrifying moment when mastery threatens to become mannerism, and he has emerged as a poet whose every line seems completely recognizable and at the same time utterly fresh.” —James Longenbach, The Nation

“Combines an impeccable musical and prosaic sense with the kind of humility possessed by the masters.” —Carol Muske, The New York Times Book Review