tonipoet, April 19, 2014 (view all comments by tonipoet)
The essential Hugo -- if you can't sit in a bar with Hugo, listening to his stories and bits of wisdom and advice, this book is the next best thing. For example: "Never worry about the reader, what the reader can understand. When you are writing, glance over your shoulder, and you'll find there is no reader. Just you and the page. Feel lonely? Good. Assuming you can write clear English sentences, give up all worry about communication. If you want to communicate, use the telephone."
Richard Bauer, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by Richard Bauer)
Hugo is a a poet who grew up in Seattle, went to WW II as a bombardier in the European theatre and returned to study poetry at the University of Washington under Theodore Reothke. The book is subtitled "Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing" and is a collection of essays about just that. But there's various fascinating asides such as a chapter titled "Stray Thoughts on Roethke and Teaching" and one on his war
experiences while stationed in Italy: "Ci Vediamo". "How Poets Make a Living" refers to his 13 years at Boeing as a tech writer who did poetry on the side. This book is just beautifully written.
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The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing
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"I don't know why we do it. We must be crazy./Welcome, fellow poet."--Richard Hugo
This collection of interviews and essays presents an entertaining and provocative introduction to the critical thought of Marjorie Perloff. The fourteen interviews — conducted by accomplished scholars, poets, and critics from the United States, Denmark, Norway, France, and Poland — cover many topics: poetrys nature as a literary genre, its current state, and its relation to art, politics, language, theory, and technology. The volume also features three essays by Perloff: an academic memoir, an exploration of poetry pedagogy, and an essay on the (re)constitution of the intellectuals in the 21st century. It will be an inspiring resource for both scholars and poets who care to live a life of attention, on and off the page of poetry.
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Richard Hugo was that rare phenomenon of American letters'"a distinguished poet who was also an inspiring teacher. The Triggering Townis Hugo's now-classic collection of lectures, essays, and reflections, all "directed toward helping with that silly, absurd, maddening, futile, enormously rewarding activity: writing poems." Anyone, from the beginning poet to the mature writer to the lover of literature, will benefit greatly from Hugo's sayd, playful, profound insights and advice concerning the mysteries of literary creation.
Richard Hugo, whom Carolyn Kizer called "one of the most passionate, energetic and honest poets living," was that rare phenomenon--a distinguished poet who was also an inspiring teacher. is Hugo's classic collection of lectures, essays, and reflections, all "directed toward helping with that silly, absurd, maddening, futile, enormously rewarding activity: writing poems." From pieces that include "Writing off the Subject" and "How Poets Make a Living," anyone, from the beginning poet to the mature writer to the lover of literature, will benefit greatly from Hugo's playful and profound insights into the mysteries of literary creation.
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