Hinge and Sign: Poems, 1968-1993

Hinge and Sign: Poems, 1968-1993

by Heather McHugh

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A renowned poet's artful collection.See more details below


A renowned poet's artful collection.

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“A zealously crafted improvisation…her work is a testing ground of edges, allegiances and resistances.” —Publishers Weekly

“By turning language into courage, she manages to bounce you back from despair, keeps moving fear and pity into precarious laughter. Her poems are open, resilient, invisibly twisted: part safety net, part trampoline.”
—Voice Literary Supplement

“The new poems are a striking body of work…Heather McHugh’s Hinge & Sign is not to be missed.”—Colorado Review

“McHugh brings poems from four previous volumes together with a significant amount of new work…[She] artfully entwines the prosaic with the empyrean, twisting mundane images into verbal feasts, letting language flow through her hands rather than shaping it to her will… This collection allows one to appreciate the development of her poetry over 25 years and to witness he increasing strength and maturity of her voice.”

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
McHugh ( Broken English ) is a cerebral writer whose thinking maintains a dialectical tension with her choice of words and forms--they challenge one another. How generic a description that sounds; and yet, McHugh is anything but generic. The words and forms? They tend to be jauntily fastidious, calling to mind something of the steeliness (and the corners cut, in fun and in earnestness) of Emily Dickinson, while also summoning up a sure sense of jazz. The poetry seems to be a zealously crafted improvisation. And while her very gift for crafting can occasionally crimp or overtake play of mind, most of McHugh's poems are large in manner and in matter, forward-thrusting songs, whether they concern the infinitive ``to have to''; a protracted death that is ``unspeakable'' (but marvelously spoken of); or McHugh's coiled, frontal version of an ars poetica . It's good, now, to have more of her: here, 24 new poems, along with generous selections from five previous books. ``The edges of the said / so long and so / perversely have/attracted me,'' she writes; her work is a testing ground of edges, allegiances and resistances. (May)

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Wesleyan University Press
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Wesleyan Poetry Series
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New Edition
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5.60(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.53(d)

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