Heather McHugh

(20 August 1948 / San Diego, California)

Heather McHugh Poems

1. After Su Tung P'O 4/24/2012
2. After Su Tung P'o 10/18/2018
3. Amenities 4/24/2012
4. Better or Worse 10/18/2018
5. Better Or Worse 4/24/2012
6. Constructive 10/18/2018
7. Constructive 4/24/2012
8. Dark View 10/18/2018
9. Dark View 4/24/2012
10. Debtor's Prison Road 10/18/2018
11. Debtor's Prison Road 4/24/2012
12. Elevated 4/24/2012
13. ELEVATED 10/18/2018
14. Etymological Dirge 1/13/2003
15. From The Tower 4/24/2012
16. From the Towers 10/18/2018
17. Ghazal Of The Better-Unbegun 1/20/2003
18. Ghoti 1/13/2003
19. Glass House 4/24/2012
20. Half Border and Half Lab 10/18/2018
21. Half Border, Half Lab 4/24/2012
22. In Praise of Pain 10/18/2018
23. In Praise Of Pain 4/24/2012
24. Inside 4/24/2012
25. Inside 10/18/2018
26. Language Lesson 1976 10/18/2018
27. Leaf Litter on Rock Face 10/18/2018
28. Leaf Litter On Rock Face 4/24/2012
29. Man in the Street or Hand Over Mouth 10/18/2018
30. Man In The Street Or Hand Over Mouth 4/24/2012
31. Myrrha To The Source 4/24/2012
32. Myrrha to the Source 10/18/2018
33. Nano-Knowledge 1/13/2003
34. No Sex For Priests 4/24/2012
35. No Sex for Priests 10/18/2018
36. Not Over It 4/24/2012
37. Not Over It 10/18/2018
38. Not To Be Dwelled On 4/24/2012
39. Not to Be Dwelled On 10/18/2018
40. Philosopher Orders Crispy Pork 10/18/2018

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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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