Heather McHugh

(20 August 1948 / San Diego, California)

Heather McHugh Poems

1. After Su Tung P'O 4/24/2012
2. Amenities 4/24/2012
3. Better Or Worse 4/24/2012
4. Constructive 4/24/2012
5. Dark View 4/24/2012
6. Debtor's Prison Road 4/24/2012
7. Elevated 4/24/2012
8. Etymological Dirge 1/13/2003
9. From The Tower 4/24/2012
10. Ghazal Of The Better-Unbegun 1/20/2003
11. Ghoti 1/13/2003
12. Glass House 4/24/2012
13. Half Border, Half Lab 4/24/2012
14. In Praise Of Pain 4/24/2012
15. Inside 4/24/2012
16. Leaf Litter On Rock Face 4/24/2012
17. Man In The Street Or Hand Over Mouth 4/24/2012
18. Myrrha To The Source 4/24/2012
19. Nano-Knowledge 1/13/2003
20. No Sex For Priests 4/24/2012
21. Not Over It 4/24/2012
22. Not To Be Dwelled On 4/24/2012
23. Philosopher Orders Crispy Pork 4/24/2012
24. Remains To Be Seen 4/24/2012
25. Space Bar 4/24/2012
26. Stroke 1/13/2003
27. The Father Of The Predicaments 1/20/2003
28. The Oven Loves The Tv Set 4/24/2012
29. The Woman Who Laughed On Calvary 4/24/2012
30. U-District Incident Report 4/24/2012
31. What He Thought 1/20/2003
32. With Due Respect To Thor 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Heather McHugh

What He Thought

We were supposed to do a job in Italy
and, full of our feeling for
ourselves (our sense of being
Poets from America) we went
from Rome to Fano, met
the Mayor, mulled a couple
matters over. The Italian literati seemed
bewildered by the language of America: they asked us
what does "flat drink" mean? and the mysterious
"cheap date" (no explanation lessened
this one's mystery). Among Italian writers we

could recognize our counterparts: the academic,
the apologist, the arrogant, the amorous,
the brazen and the glib. And there was ...

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Etymological Dirge

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear.

Calm comes from burning.
Tall comes from fast.
Comely doesn't come from come.
Person comes from mask.

The kin of charity is whore,
the root of charity is dear.

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