By Richard Hugo
Richard Hugo, whom Carolyn Kizer has called" the most passionate, vigorous, and sincere poets living," right here bargains a unprecedented selection of new poems, each a "letter" or a "dream." either letters and goals are precise manifestations of alone-ness; Hugo's exact senses of alone-ness, of areas, and of different everyone is the forces in the back of his distinctively American and more and more authoritative poetic voice. each one letter is written from a selected position that Hugo has made his personal (a "triggering town," as he has known as it somewhere else) to a pal, a fellow poet, an outdated love.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" occur by surprise (as goals do) one of the letters; their haunting photos provide additional intensity to the poet's exploration. Are we overhearing them? who's the "you" that goals?