The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir
The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir

The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir

by Richard Hugo


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Upon publication of The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir in 1973, Richard Howard wrote, “Richard Hugo’s concern is the unenviable, the unenviable, the unvisited, even the univiting, which he must invest with his own deprivation, his own private war. . . . Each poem adds its incisive particulars to the general stoic wreck; but what startles, then reassures in all this canon of the inconsolable, the unsanctified, the dispossessed, is Hugo’s poetics, the analogy of language to experience. . . . Richard Hugo is such an important poet because the difficulties inherent in his art provide him a means of saying what he has to say. It is no accident that he must develop a negative in order to produce a true image.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887483080
Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Publication date: 02/01/1999
Series: Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

RICHARD HUGO (1923-1982) was born and raised in White Center, Washington. He flew thirty-three missions in Europe as a bombardier in World War II, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross. He returned to Seattle to study with Theodore Roethke at the University of Washington. After thirteen years as a technical writer at Boeing, he became director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Montana. He lived in Missoula with his wife, Ripley, and two step children. The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir was nominated for the National Book Award. From 1977 to the end of his life, Hugo served as the judge of Yale Series of Younger Poets competition.

Table of Contents

MONTANA WITH FRIENDS A Map of Montana in Italy • The Milltown Union Bar • Where Jennie Used to Swim • Where Mission Creek Runs Hard for Joy • Graves at Elkhorn • St. Ignatius Where the Salish Wail • Bad Eyes Spinning the Rock • Dog Lake With Paula • To Die in Milltown • Pishkun • Reclamation at Coloma • Helena, Where Homes Go Mad • Silver Star • With Kathy in Wisdom • Indian Graves at Jocko TOURING Drums in Scotland • Chysauster • Walking Praed Street • Somersby • The Prado: Bosch: S. Antonio • The Prado: Number 2671, Anonimo Espanol • At Cronkhite • Upper Voight’s, To All the Cutthroat There • Taneum Creek • The Gold Man on the Beckler TOURING WITH FRIENDS Cataldo Mission • Montgomery Hollow • The End of Krim’s Pad • Old Map of Uhlerstown • A Night With Cindy at Heitman’s • Point No Point • Cornwall, Touring • Shark Island • The Tinker Camp • Cleggan • Crinan Canal MONTANA The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir • Ovando • Driving Montana • Montana Ranch Abandoned • 2433 Agnes, First Home, Last House in Missoula • Ghosts at Garnet • A Night at the Napi in Browning • Camas Prairie School • Missoula Softball Tournament • Phoning from Sweathouse Creek • The Only Bar in Dixon • Dixon • Hot Springs • Bear Paw • Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg

What People are Saying About This

Dave Smith

“He [Richard Hugo] was looking for what he called the ‘knowns’ and, as if his readers were his companions, he was our guide to the permanent, passionate, not yet completely civilized, not entirely homogenized life where we might confront and survive degradation, shame and deterioration. . . . His form was right for what he wanted—intensity, immediacy, and verbal velocity, the panoramic and the telescopic. He made the poem a state of mind and a force field.”

James Wright

“Richard Hugo is one of the best poets alive, in any language I know.”

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