Heather McHugh

(20 August 1948 / San Diego, California)

Heather McHugh Poems

1. U-District Incident Report 4/24/2012
2. Constructive 4/24/2012
3. Better Or Worse 4/24/2012
4. After Su Tung P'O 4/24/2012
5. Dark View 4/24/2012
6. Elevated 4/24/2012
7. From The Tower 4/24/2012
8. Half Border, Half Lab 4/24/2012
9. Leaf Litter On Rock Face 4/24/2012
10. Myrrha To The Source 4/24/2012
11. Not To Be Dwelled On 4/24/2012
12. Philosopher Orders Crispy Pork 4/24/2012
13. Debtor's Prison Road 4/24/2012
14. Inside 4/24/2012
15. Amenities 4/24/2012
16. The Oven Loves The Tv Set 4/24/2012
17. REMAINS TO BE SEEN 10/18/2018
18. ELEVATED 10/18/2018
19. Space Bar 10/18/2018
20. After Su Tung P'o 10/18/2018
21. The Amenities 10/18/2018
22. Better or Worse 10/18/2018
23. Constructive 10/18/2018
24. Dark View 10/18/2018
25. Debtor's Prison Road 10/18/2018
26. From the Towers 10/18/2018
27. Half Border and Half Lab 10/18/2018
28. In Praise of Pain 10/18/2018
29. Inside 10/18/2018
30. Leaf Litter on Rock Face 10/18/2018
31. Man in the Street or Hand Over Mouth 10/18/2018
32. Not Over It 10/18/2018
33. No Sex for Priests 10/18/2018
34. Myrrha to the Source 10/18/2018
35. Not to Be Dwelled On 10/18/2018
36. The Oven Loves the TV Set 10/18/2018
37. Philosopher Orders Crispy Pork 10/18/2018
38. The Woman Who Laughed on Calvary 10/18/2018
39. What He Thought 10/18/2018
40. Not Over It 4/24/2012

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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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