December 13

James Wright

James Wright (born December 13, 1927) – U.S. poet

Read an interview with James Wright here

Q: What is it to be a poet?


I can only tell you what it is to me. I regard myself primarily as a craftsman, as a Horatian. My favorite poet is Edward Thomas, and the person whom I would like to be my master is Horace—Horace, who was able to write humorously and kindly in flawless verse. I’ve achieved that maybe twice in my life, but that is what I would like to be.

James Wright reads his poems

Heinrich Heine

Heinrich Heine (born December 13, 1797) German romantic poet – “Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam”

Read an English translation of some of Heine's poems here