Charles Wright, America’s New Poet Laureate, has been reading “the Scandinavians”

The newly named Poet Laureate of the United States, Charles Wright, has said
in interviews that since retiring from his professorship at the University
of Virginia, he has more time to indulge his interest in reading things he
had tried to keep out of his mind while focusing on his poetry. According to
the New York Times, Wright “plans to keep gobbling up fiction, which he said
he had mostly denied himself before his retirement in 2010, to keep his mind
clear for poetry. Crime fiction is a particular obsession.”

And what does he like in crime fiction? The recent Scandinavian noir
writers, which no doubt includes the late Stieg Larsson. “I’ve read all the
current stuff, from Elmore Leonard to the Scandinavians,” he said. “I’ve
picked up every narrative I could get my hands on, to make up for 50 years
of nonnarrative.”

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