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. Remains To Be Seen 4/24/2012
45. No Sex For Priests 4/24/2012
46. Glass House 4/24/2012
47. In Praise Of Pain 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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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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