By Richard Hugo
Richard Hugo, whom Carolyn Kizer has called" probably the most passionate, vigorous, and sincere poets living," right here bargains a unprecedented selection of new poems, every one a "letter" or a "dream." either letters and desires are specific manifestations of alone-ness; Hugo's certain senses of alone-ness, of areas, and of alternative everyone is the forces at the back of his distinctively American and more and more authoritative poetic voice. every one letter is written from a particular position that Hugo has made his personal (a "triggering town," as he has referred to as it in other places) to a pal, a fellow poet, an outdated love. We learn over the poet's shoulder because the city triggers the mind's eye, the friendship is re-opened, the poet's selfhood is explored and illuminated. The "dreams" ensue unexpectedly (as goals do) one of the letters; their haunting pictures supply extra intensity to the poet's exploration. Are we overhearing them? who's the "you" that goals?