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1614 Boren
2433 Agnes, First Home, Last House In Missoula
After A Train Trip, Our Town Remains
Again, Kapowsin
Alki Beach
The Anacortes-sydney Run
Antiques In Ellettsville
Antisocial Easter
Approaching The Castle
April In Cerignola
The Art Of Poetry
At Cronkhite
At Our Best
At The Cabin
At The Stilli's Mouth
Back Of Gino's Place
Bad Eyes Spinning The Rock
Bad Vision At The Skagit
Ballad Of The Upper Bumping
The Ballpark At Moiese
Bannerman's Island
Bassetti's Lions
Bay Of Recovery
Bay Of Resolve
Bay Of Sad Loss
Bear Paw
Beggar In Sapri
Between The Bridges
The Blond Road
Bone Hunting
Bouquets From Corley
The Braes
The Bridge Of Sighs
Brief History
Brueghel In The Doria
The Cairn In Loch An Duin
Camas Prairie School
Cantina Iannini
Cape Alava
Cape Nothing
Carloway Broch
The Carnival Inside
Castel Sant' Angelo
Cataldo Mission
Centuries Near Spinnazola
Changes At Meridian
Changes In Policy At Taholah
A Chapel Further West Than Most
Christmas With Shepherds In Brefaro
The Church On Comiaken Hill
The Clouds Of Uig
The Colors Of A Bird
Confederate Graves In Little Rock
Cornwall, Touring
Crinan Canal
The Cripples
Dancer At Kozani's
Death In The Aquarium
Death Of The Kapowsin Tavern
December 24 And George Mcbride Is Dead
December 24, Alone
Degrees Of Gray In Philipsburg
Digging Is An Art
A District In The City
Docking At Palermo
Dog Lake With Paula
Doing The House
Driving Montana
Druid Stones At Kensaleyre
Drums In Scotland
Duntulm Castle
Duwamish Head
Duwamish No. 2
Duwamish, Skagit, Hoh
Eighteen Days In A Tuscan Wood
Elegy; In Memory, Harold Herndon
The End Of Krim's Pad (for Seymour Krim)
Farmer, Dying
Ferniehirst Castle
First South And Cambridge
Flying, Flying, Farming
For A Northern Woman
For Jennifer, 6, On The Teton
Fort Benton
Fort Casey, Without Guns
The Freaks At Spurgin Road Field
From Altitude, The Diamonds
From The Rain Forest Down
G.i. Graves In Tuscany
Galileo's Chair
Galleria Umberto I
George Stubbs At Yale
Ghost In A Field Of Mint
Ghosts At Garnet
Glen Uig
The Gold Man On The Beckler
A Good Day For Seeing Your Limitations
A Good View From Falstaff
Goodbye, Iowa
Graves At Coupeville
Graves At Elkhorn
Graves At Mukilteo
Graves In Queens
Graves In Uig
Greystone Cottage
The Gull Hardly Explained
Guns At Fort Flagler
Hawk In Uig
Helena, Where Homes Go Mad
Here, But Unable To Answer
High Grass Prairie
The Hilltop
A History Of The Sketch
Holy Family
Hot Springs
The House On 15th S.w.
Houses Lie, Believe The Lying Sea
How Meadows Trick You
How To Use A Storm
Imagining Delaware
In Stafford Country
In Your Bad Dream
In Your Big Dream
In Your Blue Dream
In Your Dream After Falling In Love
In Your Dream On The Eve Of Success
In Your Fugitive Dream
In Your Good Dream
In Your Hot Dream
In Your Racing Dream
In Your Small Dream
In Your War Dream
In Your Wild Dream
In Your Young Dream
Indian Girl
Indian Graves At Jocko
Introduction To The Hoh
Invasion North
Iowa Deja Vu
Italian Town Abandoned
Keen To Leaky Flowers
Kennedy Ucciso
Kilmuir Cemetery: Stone With Two Skulls And No Name
Kilmuir Cemetery: The Knight In Blue-green Relief
La Push
The Lady In Kicking Horse Reservoir
Lake Byron, Maybe Gordon Lord
Last Day There
Last Words From Maratea: Fiumicello
Last Words From Maratea: The Old Town
Last Words From Maratea: The Port
Last Words From Maratea: The Town
Last Words To James Wright
Late Summer, Drummond
Leaving The Dream
Lectures, Soliloquies, Pontifications
Letter To Ammons From Maratea
Letter To Annick From Boulder
Letter To Bell From Missoula
Letter To Birch From Deer Lodge
Letter To Blessing From Missoula
Letter To Bly From La Push
Letter To Gale From Ovando
Letter To Garber From Skye
Letter To Gildner From Wallce
Letter To Goldbarth From Big Fork
Letter To Haislip From Hot Springs
Letter To Hanson From Miama
Letter To Hill From St. Ignatius
Letter To Kathy From Wisdom
Letter To Kizer From Seattle
Letter To Levertov From Butte
Letter To Libbey From St. Regis
Letter To Logan From Milltown
Letter To Mantsch From Havre
Letter To Matthews From Barton Street Flats
Letter To Mayo From Missola
Letter To Obergb From Pony
Letter To Peterson From The Pike Place Market
Letter To Reed From Idaho
Letter To Scanlon From Whitehall
Letter To Simic From Boulder
Letter To Sister Madeline From Iowa City
Letter To Snyder From Montana
Letter To Stafford From Polson
Letter To Wagoner From Port Townsend
Letter To Welch From Browning
Letter To Wright From Gooseprairie
Limited Access
Listen, Ripley
Living Alone
Lone Cheer From The Stands For A Bitter Crane
Lone Lake, Whidbey
Making Certain It Goes On
A Map Of Montana In Italy
A Map Of Skye
A Map Of The Peninsula
Maratea Antica
Maratea Porto
Maratea Porto: Saying Good-bye To The Vitolos
Maratea Porto: The Bitter Man
Maratea Porto: The Dear Postmistress There
Medicine Bow
Mendocino, Like You Said
Mill At Romesdal
The Milltown Union Bar
Mission In Carmel
Mission To Linz
Missoula Softball Tournament
Montana Ranch Abandoned
Montana Without Friends
Montesano Revisited
Montgomery Hollow
Morning In Padova
Museum Of Cruel Days
My Buddy
Name The Mystery Fin And Win A Doll
Napoli Again
Near Kalalock
A Night At The Napi In Browning
A Night With Cindy At Heitman's
No Bells To Believe
Northwest Retrospective: Mark Tobey
Note From Capri To Richard Ryan And The Adriatic Floor
Note To R.h. From Strongsville
O-mok-see At Nine Mile
Ocean On Monday
Ode To The Trio Fruit Company Of Missoula
Of Another Place
The Old Beaverbank
Old Map Of Uhlerstown
Old Scene
On Hearing A New Escalation
One By Twachtman At The Frye
One Son North To Naples
The Only Bar In Dixon
Open Country
Orcas In The Eyes
The Other Grave
Other Waters
Overlooking Yale (for Hillis Miller)
Phoning From Sweathouse Creek
The Picnic In The Saracen Ruin
Pike Place Market
Pishkun Reservoir (for Bud Guthrie)
Pizzeria S. Biagio
Places And Ways To Live
Plans For Altering The River
Plunking The Skagit
Poem For Zen Hofman
Point No Point
Politely Like Snakes In The Oats
Port Townsend
Port Townsend, 1974
The Prado: Bosch: S. Antonio
The Prado: Number 2671, Anonimo Espanol
The Prak At Villammare
Reading At The Old Federal Courts Building, St. Paul
Reclamation At Coloma
Reconsidering The Madman
Remember Graham
Remore Farm On The Dubrovnik-sarajevo Run
Remote Or Stone
Repairing The House, The Church, Restoring The Music
Resulting From Magnetic Interference
The Right Madness On Skye
The River Now
Road Ends At Tahola
S. Miniato: One By Aretino
Sailing Dalmatia
Sailing From Naples
Salt Water Story
The Sandbanks
Saying Goodbye To Mrs. Noraine
Schoolgirl At Seola
Second Chances
The Semi-lunatics Of Kilmuir
Shark Island
Side Trips Back
Silver Star
Skykomish River Running
The Small Oil Left In The House We Rented In Boulder
A Snapshot Of The Auxiliary
A Snapshot Of Uig In Montana
A Snapshot Os 15th S.w.
Snow Poem
Sound Track Conditional
South Italy, Remote And Stone
Spinazzola: Quella Cantina La
Spinning The Sava
The Squatter On Company Land
St. Clement's: Harris
St. Ignatius Where The Salish Wail
St. John's Chapel
The Standing Stones Of Callanish
Starting Back
Stone Poems: Blue Stone
Stone Poems: Brown Stone
Stone Poems: Gold Stone
Stone Poems: Gray Stone
Stone Poems: Green Stone
Stone Poems: Red Stone
Storm In Acquafredda
Sweet Piece From Fontal
The Swimmer At Lake Edward
Taneum Creek
Three Stops To Ten Sleep
Tiberio's Cliff
Time To Remember Sangster
The Tinker Camp
To Die In Milltown
To Women
Topographical Map
Touring With Friends
Tretitoli, Where The Bomb Group Was
Triangle For Green Men
A Troubadour Removed
Turtle Lake
Two Graves In A Day
Underwater Autumn
Upper Voight's, To All The Cutthroat There
A View From Cortona
Viva La Resistenza (cortona, July 5, 1964)
Walking Praed Street
The Way A Ghost Behaves
The Way A Ghost Dissolves
West Marginal Way
What The Brand New Freeway Won't Go By
What Thou Lovest Well Remains American
Wheel Of Fortune
Where All Doors Open In
Where Jennie Used To Swim
Where Mission Creek Runs Hard For Joy
Where The House Was
Where We Crashed
White Center
Why I Think Of Dumar Sally
Why Sapri Will Never Be Italian
With Anna At Camaldoli
With Kathy At Wisdom
With Melissa On The Shore
With Ripley At The Grave Of Albert Parenteau
The Yards Of Sarajevo
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

About the Author

Richard Hugo was for many years the director of the creative writing program at the University of Montana, Missoula Campus. He received the Theodore Roethke Memorial Prize and was twice nominated for the National Book Award.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (July 17, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393307840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393307849
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By S. Saroff on November 24, 1997
Format: Hardcover
In the last years of Hugo's life he taught writting at the University of Montana. His classes were popular, but not crowded. He loved sharing stories with his students, and he listened at least as well as he spoke. Richard's poetry is like this too: sounds come from reading these words of a lifetime, sounds that are passed to you by the gift of a great writer and great listener. These are poems about the fringes of boom-towns, failed mining hopes, loneliness, seattle, Missoula, drinking, lost love, found love, lost friends, found friends, life alone and together, and fishing. Hugo loved to fish for trout. Fish for what is great in this book, you wont be dissapointed.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 1998
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Richard Hugo is one of the masters of the meter in American poetry, and no work better displays this than his collected poems. It is truly a life's work, as some poems seem also repetitive, but you can tell from the repetition that the source is something very dear to the poet. Perfect nature reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FWM on July 10, 2015
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The Kindle version destroys the original line breaks, thus affecting the reading of the poem and the intent of Hugo, who no doubt crafted each of these poems quite carefully.

The work itself is stellar, but the digital version is not how it should be read, c'mon Amazon, get it right.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JoAnn Anglin on May 28, 2014
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A modern classic, and yet I'd somehow missed most of his poetry treasures. So many of these poems take your breath away, but you get it back in a fresher, deeper way.
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I have most, if not all of Hugo's work, and purchased this just to have his poetry at my disposal on my Kindle.
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