31 Letters and 13 Dreams: Poems by Richard Hugo

By Richard Hugo

Richard Hugo, whom Carolyn Kizer has called" probably the most passionate, vigorous, and sincere poets living," right here bargains a unprecedented choice of new poems, every one a "letter" or a "dream." either letters and goals are specified manifestations of alone-ness; Hugo's distinct senses of alone-ness, of areas, and of alternative individuals are the forces in the back of his distinctively American and more and more authoritative poetic voice. every one letter is written from a particular position that Hugo has made his personal (a "triggering town," as he has referred to as it somewhere else) to a pal, a fellow poet, an previous 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" ensue unexpectedly (as desires do) one of the letters; their haunting pictures provide additional intensity to the poet's exploration. Are we overhearing them? who's the "you" that desires?

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First the gold knob, then blue tiers rise above the highest step, the same color as the sky. When one person came to gain its confidence, she imagines he felt symmetry as flight after his fast among seven meteorites in the dark. He really felt like a globe revolving within a globe. Even the most singular or indivisible particle or heavenly sphere will adjust when the axis extending beyond itself is pushed, or the sphere it is within is pushed. What she thought was her balance flattens into a stylized dragon on the marble paving stones.

The possibility of static or a gap on a starry electric night gives the impression of her body constantly engaged in transition, but she desires to enter a body of material by talking. , speech was spoken like an arrangement of stars, an orderly procession of luminous beings, who counted poetry with sound, until speaking gave way to a duration that would not reconstitute, so she may appear as a large masklike close-up and as an immobile figure in white on the bed, who actually absorbs space. One can paint stars on a black lead background, equivocal stars casting carpets of desire here and there in the middle of an errand, which up to then had proceeded in the state of non-imploring urgency of a body in diagonal, an image of outreach or hailing.

The drum is a boat. The mail route is a line of controlled electric light. They will scatter their clothes anywhere in this light. You leave your shirt near the snowmobile. It is initial color on the tundra. 37 Fog 1 Hundreds of millions of years ago, days were many hours shorter. All things, sounds, stories and beings were related, and this complexity was more obvious. It was not simplified by ideas of relationship in one person’s mind. Paths of energy were forced to stay in the present moment by being free of reference, making it impossible to focus on two things at once, and showing by its quietness that energy of attention is as much a source of value and of turbulence as energy of emotion.

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