Richard Hugo

Richard Hugo

Washington / United States
Richard Hugo
Washington / United States
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Richard Hugo (December 21, 1923 - October 22, 1982), born Richard Hogan, was an American poet. Primarily a regionalist, Hugo's work reflects the economic depression of the Northwest, particularly Montana. Born in White Center, Washington, he was raised by his mother's parents after his father left the family. In 1942 he legally changed his name to ...
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1.
Degrees Of Gray In Philipsburg
You might come here Sunday on a whim.
Say your life broke down. The last good kiss
you had was years ago. You walk these streets
laid out by the insane, past hotels
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2.
Underwater Autumn
Now the summer perch flips twice and glides
a lateral fathom at the first cold rain,
the surface near to silver from a frosty hill.
Along the weed and grain of log he slides his tail.
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3.
Death Of The Kapowsin Tavern
I can't ridge it back again from char.
Not one board left. Only ash a cat explores
and shattered glass smoked black and strung
about from the explosion I believe
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4.
The Church On Comiaken Hill
for Sydney Pettit

The lines are keen against today's bad sky
about to rain. We're white and understand
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5.
Farmer, Dying
for Hank and Nancy

Seven thousand acres of grass have faded yellow
from his cough. These limp days, his anger,
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Jerry Znidler 28 September 2019
Most of the towns Richard wrote about were in Montana....." Degrees of Grey Philipsburg" being one of those fine poems.
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The Letter to Kathy is my favourite poem.
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Michael Walker 21 January 2015
I like Hugo's poems set in the Pacific Northwest very much. you often imagine a man on his own driving around to remote, lost towns, which have seen better times. The car is a feature that I like in the poems. in the towns, you meet a few characters who are anonymous yet memorable too- like the prisoner and the red-haired waitress in 'Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg'. Richard Hugo's poems are full of life and vigour, written in a modern form.
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