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Displays how two poets, Hugo and McCue, and one great photographer may bring history alive in the imagination and create a unique contribution to the historical record.(Daniel Lamberton Pacific Northwest Quarterly 2011-01-00)
This book is a treasure, a big open car going far and wide to find the source of poetry.... The design of our experience is a rich ambidexterity: McCue reaches outward into the world by visiting the towns and observing them closely while reaching inward through her familiarity with the Hugo Archives and her own acute poetic sensibility. The result is a reading of the poems that is remarkable informed.(Western American Literature)
As it explores—even bolsters—his mystique as the poet of the modern American West, it simultaneously critiques that romanticized vision. Its brilliant strategy is to complicate genre…. The photographs themselves are enough to recommend this gorgeously produced book. Often stark, these black and white portraits of places Hugo's poems memorialize illuminate skeletal glimmerings of towns….(Rain Taxi)
This is a book for people who love pilgrimage. Twenty-four of Hugo's best poems of place are sandwiched in between Randlett's photographs and McCue's tightly written, deceptively broad essays.(jorymickelson.blogspot.com)
Hugo's own story merges with McCue's observations and interviews with the poet's friends (including Lois Welch, Bill Kittredge and Annick Smith) in a way that adds texture, detail and insight to a journey that's both literary and deeply personal.(Lively Times)
Whether you love poetry or just love to read of those pursuing their passions The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs by Frances McCue is for you.(The Philipsburg Mail)
This is a book worthy of its subject: smart, beautifully written, with stark images and poignant reticences.(City Living)
An audacious new book from the University of Washington Press offers one great way to mark April as National Poetry Month. McCue's book is an ambitious amalgam of intentions. There are components of homage, literary criticism, biography and anthology all relating to Hugo. There is significant environmental reportage inspired by Hugo's poetic observations. Lacing all this together is McCue's own memoir recounting road trips designed to trace Hugo's steps..Randlett's stark photographs drive the point home—Hugo found things to love in the unlikeliest places.(Bookmonger Bellingham Herald)
The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs offers a beautifully vivid and poignant meditation on the landscape of the heart and how we are shaped by the poetics of place.(Kim Barnes, author of A Country Called Home)
This book.. is an astute psychological portrait of Hugo and a superb reintroduction to his work.
Poet Richard Hugo visited places and wrote about them, including towns in Washington, Idaho, and Montana--especially their bars and diners. Part travelogue, memoir, and literary scholarship, this book follows Frances McCue and Mary Randlett in their search for the towns that inspired the poems. Their essays and photographs--and 23 of Hugo's poems--offer a fresh view of Hugo's Northwest.--Frances McCue is artistic director and cofounder of the Richard Hugo House in Seattle and writer in residence at the University of Washington.