31 Letters and 13 Dreams

31 Letters and 13 Dreams

Poems

Book - 1977
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Richard Hugo, whom Carolyn Kizer has called" one of the most passionate, energetic, and honest poets living," here offers an extraordinary collection of new poems, each one a "letter" or a "dream." Both letters and dreams are special manifestations of alone-ness; Hugo's special senses of alone-ness, of places, and of other people are the forces behind his distinctively American and increasingly authoritative poetic voice. Each letter is written from a specific place that Hugo has made his own (a "triggering town," as he has called it elsewhere) to a friend, a fellow poet, an old love. We read over the poet's shoulder as the town triggers the imagination, the friendship is re-opened, the poet's selfhood is explored and illuminated. The "dreams" turn up unexpectedly (as dreams do) among the letters; their haunting images give further depth to the poet's exploration. Are we overhearing them? Who is the "you" that dreams? -- Back cover.
Publisher: New York : Norton, [1977]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©1977.
ISBN: 9780393044812
0393044815
9780393044904
0393044904
Branch Call Number: 811 HUGO
Characteristics: 71 pages ; 22 cm.

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