Heather McHugh's companion volume to To the Quick (Wesleyan 1987) continues the music and brilliance characteristic of her work but moves more deeply into the metaphysical. She writes in paradox, with serious wit and intensity, the crafted language of "stitches in hand and birds in time"; "We part/ before we part; indeed,/ we part before we meet…" She studies "going matched with coming." She begins with a series of elegies that bring sexuality and death into brutal juxtaposition. Living and dying are the occasions of these poems, the soul the ultimate concern. This poetry takes to heart the fundamental strangeness of being.
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"Heather McHugh's articulate toughness is a very useful complement to the bedrock wisdom she also offersA rare delight."Robert Creely
"Heather McHugh's articulate toughness is a very useful complement to the bedrock wisdom she also offers...A rare delight."