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. Man In The Street Or Hand Over Mouth 4/24/2012
18. Space Bar 4/24/2012
19. Not Over It 4/24/2012
20. Remains To Be Seen 4/24/2012
21. No Sex For Priests 4/24/2012
22. Glass House 4/24/2012
23. In Praise Of Pain 4/24/2012
24. The Woman Who Laughed On Calvary 4/24/2012
25. Etymological Dirge 1/13/2003
26. With Due Respect To Thor 1/13/2003
27. The Father Of The Predicaments 1/20/2003
28. Ghoti 1/13/2003
29. Ghazal Of The Better-Unbegun 1/20/2003
30. Nano-Knowledge 1/13/2003
31. Stroke 1/13/2003
32. What He Thought 1/20/2003

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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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The literate are ill-prepared for this
snap in the line of life:
the day turns a trick
of twisted tongues and is
untiable, the month by no mere root
moon-ridden, and the yearly eloquences yielding more
than summer's part of speech times four. We better learn

the buried meaning in the grave: here

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