What makes us leave what we love best?
What is it inside us that keeps erasing itself
When we need it most,
That sends us into uncertainty for its own sake
And holds us flush there
until we begin to love it
And have to begin again?
What is it within our own lives we decline to live
Whenever we find it,
making our days unendurable,
And nights almost visionless?
I still don’t know yet, but I do it.
— Charles Wright, “25 – 29 August 1984,” The World of the Ten Thousand Things: Poems 1980-1990. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 1, 1991)