“L’amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle”

Sep 28, 2016 | Predicates and commas and whatnot, Things I wish I'd written

Nothing’s as far away as love is,

not even the new stars,

Though something is moving them

We hope in our direction, albeit their skin’s not on fire.

…from “L’amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle,” in Charles Wright‘s 2014 collection, Caribou.

Moments like these remind me of Don Williams’s classic song from 1980, “Good Ole Boys Like Me,” which is in my estimation among the ten or so greatest country songs ever written. Its chorus begins: “I can still hear the soft southern wind in the live oak trees, and those Williams boys they still mean a lot to me, Hank and Tennessee.” This lyric is stunning for ten thousand reasons, but strikes me in a personal way, as this is precisely how I feel about the Wright boys, James and Charles.