The twilight letter

(Inspired by a letter to Susan Gardener, page

328 of the book “A wild perfection”

selected letters of James Wright)


James sat in a gray frame house,

at the edge of New Concord.

Writing a letter during twilight,

which someone chose to hoard.

He talks of a funeral attendee,

in this twilight letter he writes.

He talks of the Hindu god Siva,

as daylight turns to night.

On the peak of the Himalayas,

Siva leaps into a form of fire,

and as James finishes the letter,

he gets ready to retire.

He wrote it on Christmas Eve,

of the year nineteen-sixty-four.

In Santa he doesn’t believe,

yet Siva all the more.

His letters reveal the poet’s mind,

only his letters are left behind.


By Mark Hudson



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