Hinge & Sign: Poems, 1968-1993 [NOOK Book]

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A renowned poet’s artful collection is a striking body of work
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Hinge & Sign: Poems, 1968-1993

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Overview

A renowned poet’s artful collection is a striking body of work
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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.”
—Booklist

Elizabeth Gunderson
In her first collection since "Shades" (1988), McHugh brings poems from four previous volumes together with a significant amount of new work. In a brief introduction, she writes that to be a writer with a reader "is rather like being, oneself, of two minds, at every turn: hinge and sign." Not only are there hinges of lyrical words keeping together the signs in her poems; they also contain a woman with one glass eye, a waddling seal, Fido the uberpooch, and a martyr in an iron mask. McHugh 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. Often she makes wry, witty observations as though she were a kind of contemporary Greek chorus chiming in from the stage's dark recesses. This collection allows one to appreciate the development of her poetry over 25 years and to witness the increasing strength and maturity of her voice.
From the Publisher
"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."
-Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819572127
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 237
  • Sales rank: 1,244,988
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

HEATHER MCHUGH is Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English at the University of Washington in Seattle. She regularly teaches at the low residency MFA Program at Warren Wilson College. She is the author of six books of poetry, including, most recently, The Father of the Predicaments (Wesleyan 1999). In 1993, Wesleyan published her literary essays, Broken English: Poetry and Partiality. She has translated the work of Jean Follain, and with her husband Nikolai Popov, the work of Blaga Dimitrova and Glottal Stop: 101 Poems by Paul Celan (Wesleyan 2000). In 1999, she was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
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