The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing

The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing

by Richard Hugo


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“I don’t know why we do it. We must be crazy./Welcome, fellow poet.”—Richard Hugo

Richard Hugo, whom Carolyn Kizer called “one of the most passionate, energetic and honest poets living,” was that rare phenomenon—a distinguished poet who was also an inspiring teacher. The Triggering Town is Hugo’s classic collection of lectures, essays, and reflections, all “directed toward helping with that silly, absurd, maddening, futile, enormously rewarding activity: writing poems.” From pieces that include “Writing off the Subject” and “How Poets Make a Living,” anyone, from the beginning poet to the mature writer to the lover of literature, will benefit greatly from Hugo’s playful and profound insights into the mysteries of literary creation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393338720
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/09/2010
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 259,717
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

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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