"Richard Hugo's free-swinging, go-for-it remarks on poetry and the teaching of poetry are exactly what are needed in classrooms and in the world."—James DickeyRichard Hugo was that rare phenomenon of American letters—a distinguished poet who was also an inspiring teacher. The Triggering Town is Hugo's now-classic collection of lectures, essays, and reflections, all "directed toward helping with that silly, absurd, maddening, futile, enormously rewarding activity: writing poems." Anyone, from the beginning poet to the mature writer to the lover of literature, will benefit greatly from Hugo's sayd, playful, profound insights and advice concerning the mysteries of literary creation.
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At the same time, though, it has a craft to it — purposiveness — that is not a direct effect of the purpose of the work, and that we can experience even without knowing anything about Wu Daozi, the Tang or Chang’an.Jul 13 2011 | Read Full Review of The Triggering Town: Lectures...
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