Heather McHugh

(20 August 1948 / San Diego, California)

Heather McHugh Poems

41. Man In The Street Or Hand Over Mouth 4/24/2012
42. Space Bar 4/24/2012
43. Not Over It 4/24/2012
44. No Sex For Priests 4/24/2012
45. Glass House 4/24/2012
46. In Praise Of Pain 4/24/2012
47. Remains To Be Seen 4/24/2012
48. The Woman Who Laughed On Calvary 4/24/2012
49. Etymological Dirge 1/13/2003
50. With Due Respect To Thor 1/13/2003
51. Ghoti 1/13/2003
52. The Father Of The Predicaments 1/20/2003
53. Ghazal Of The Better-Unbegun 1/20/2003
54. Nano-Knowledge 1/13/2003
55. Stroke 1/13/2003
56. What He Thought 1/20/2003

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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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