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The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs: Revisiting the Northwest Towns of Richard Hugo (Samuel and Althea Stroum Book)

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Richard Hugo visited places and wrote about them. He wrote about towns: White Center and La Push in Washington; Wallace and Cataldo in Idaho; Milltown, Philipsburg, and Butte in Montana. Often his visits lasted little more than an afternoon, and his knowledge of the towns was confined to what he heard in bars and diners. From these snippets, he crafted poems. His attention to the actual places could be scant, but Hugo's poems resonate more deeply than travelogues or feature stories; they capture the torque between temperament and terrain that is so vital in any consideration of place. The poems bring alive some hidden aspect to each town and play off the traditional myths that an easterner might have of the West: that it is a place of restoration and healing, a spa where people from the East come to recover from ailments; that it is a place to reinvent oneself, a region of wide open, unpolluted country still to settle. Hugo steers us, as readers, to eye level. How we settle into and take on qualities of the tracts of earth that we occupy - this is Hugo's inquiry.

Part travelogue, part memoir, part literary scholarship, The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs traces the journey of Frances McCue and photographer Mary Randlett to the towns that inspired many of Richard Hugo's poems. Returning forty years after Hugo visited these places, and bringing with her a deep knowledge of Hugo and her own poetic sensibility, McCue maps Hugo's poems back onto the places that triggered them. Together with twenty-three poems by Hugo, McCue's essays and Randlett's photographs offer a fresh view of Hugo's Northwest.

Frances McCue is a writer and poet living in Seattle, where she is writer-in-residence at the University of Washington's Undergraduate Honors Program. She was the founding director of Richard Hugo House from 1996 to 2006. McCue is the author of The Stenographer's Breakfast, winner of the Barnard New Women Poets Prize.

Mary Randlett is a Northwest photographer noted for her portraits of artists and writers. Mary Randlett Landscapes celebrates her photographs of the natural world.

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Poet Richard Hugo visited places and wrote about them, including towns in Washington, Idaho, and Montana--especially their bars and diners. Part travelogue, memoir, and literary scholarship, this book follows Frances McCue and Mary Randlett in their search for the towns that inspired the poems. Their essays and photographs--and 23 of Hugo's poems--offer a fresh view of Hugo's Northwest.--Frances McCue is artistic director and cofounder of the Richard Hugo House in Seattle and writer in residence at the University of Washington.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

¶Acknowledgments

¶Setting Out

¶White Center, Riverside, and the Duwamish

"Duwamish"

"West Marginal Way"

"Duwamish Head"

"Duwamish No. 2"

"White Center"

Along the Duwamish

Cataldo, Idaho

"Cataldo Mission"

Overlooking the Mission

Wallace, Idaho

"Letter to Gildner from Wallace"

The Last Stoplight

Dixon and St. Ignatius, Montana

"The Only Bar in Dixon"

"Dixon"

"St. Ignatius Where the Salish Wail"

The Flathead Goes Home North Northwest

Milltown, Montana

"The Milltown Union Bar"

"Letter to Logan from Milltown"

"To Die in Milltown"

"Elegy"

Under the Shadow of the Milltown

Walkerville, Montana / Butte, America

"Letter to Levertov from Butte"

Where the Poor Look Down Upon the Rich and Some People Dance the Cool-Water Hula

Philipsburg, Montana

- "Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg"

- Where the Red Hair Lights the Wall

Silver Star, Montana

"Silver Star"

Short Story in Silver Star

Pony, Montana

"Letter to Oberg from Pony"

Prose Poems in Pony

Fairfield, Montana

"Fairfield"

"High Grass Prairie"

Not This Town

La Push, Washington

"La Push"

"Letter to Bly from La Push"

The Last Places

Epilogue at Taholah, Washington

"Tahola"

"Road Ends at Tahola"

Epilogue

Notes

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turk16in, December 13, 2011 (view all comments by turk16in)
I am an actor who is doing a one-man richard Hugo play in Chicago in Jan., and at the Hugo House in Seattle Feb. 23,24,25, and 26.
I met Frances McCue, the author, and I hope to meet Mary Randlett, the photographer, when I do the show.
Here's a link:
http://youtu.be/TcqSHUzvb-w

Frances is a brilliant, wonderful, giving person who wrote a book called "Bled", about grieving over her husband's death. She didn't know Hugo any more than I did, but she told me she found him "endearing". I feel the same way, warts and all!
I'm also doing this show in San Francisco in the Fall of 2012 for a 3-week run.
I have become smitten with Hugo's memory, and with Frances' intellect and grace!

Turk Muller
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780295989648
Author:
McCue, Frances
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Photographer:
Randlett, Mary
Author:
Randlett, Mary
Subject:
Cities and towns in literature
Subject:
Northwestern States in literature.
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Literary Criticism-Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Samuel and Althea Stroum Book
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
260
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in

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"Synopsis" by , Poet Richard Hugo visited places and wrote about them, including towns in Washington, Idaho, and Montana--especially their bars and diners. Part travelogue, memoir, and literary scholarship, this book follows Frances McCue and Mary Randlett in their search for the towns that inspired the poems. Their essays and photographs--and 23 of Hugo's poems--offer a fresh view of Hugo's Northwest.--Frances McCue is artistic director and cofounder of the Richard Hugo House in Seattle and writer in residence at the University of Washington.
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