31 Letters and 13 Dreams: Poems by Richard Hugo

By Richard Hugo

Richard Hugo, whom Carolyn Kizer has referred to as” some of the most passionate, lively, and sincere poets living,” right here deals a rare selection of new poems, every one a “letter” or a “dream.” either letters and desires are detailed manifestations of alone-ness; Hugo’s distinctive senses of alone-ness, of areas, and of different individuals are the forces in the back of his distinctively American and more and more authoritative poetic voice.

Each letter is written from a selected position that Hugo has made his personal (a “triggering town,” as he has referred to as it in other places) to a pal, a fellow poet, an outdated love. We learn over the poet’s shoulder because the city triggers the mind's eye, the friendship is re-opened, the poet’s selfhood is explored and illuminated. The “dreams” take place suddenly (as desires do) one of the letters; their haunting pictures supply extra intensity to the poet’s exploration. Are we overhearing them? who's the “you” that dreams?

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