The Triggering Town by Richard Hugo
Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing

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"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 Dickey

Richard 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.

About Richard Hugo

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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.
Published August 17, 1992 by W. W. Norton & Company. 132 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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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.

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