The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir

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Upon publication of The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir in 1973, Richard Howard wrote, “Richard Hugo’s concern is the unenviable, the unenviable, the unvisited, even the univiting, which he must invest with his own deprivation, his own private war. . . . Each poem adds its incisive particulars to the general stoic wreck; but what startles, then reassures in all this canon of the inconsolable, the unsanctified, the dispossessed, is Hugo’s poetics, the analogy of language to experience. . . . Richard Hugo is such ...

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Overview

Upon publication of The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir in 1973, Richard Howard wrote, “Richard Hugo’s concern is the unenviable, the unenviable, the unvisited, even the univiting, which he must invest with his own deprivation, his own private war. . . . Each poem adds its incisive particulars to the general stoic wreck; but what startles, then reassures in all this canon of the inconsolable, the unsanctified, the dispossessed, is Hugo’s poetics, the analogy of language to experience. . . . Richard Hugo is such an important poet because the difficulties inherent in his art provide him a means of saying what he has to say. It is no accident that he must develop a negative in order to produce a true image.”

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What People Are Saying

James Wright
“Richard Hugo is one of the best poets alive, in any language I know.”
Dave Smith
“He [Richard Hugo] was looking for what he called the ‘knowns’ and, as if his readers were his companions, he was our guide to the permanent, passionate, not yet completely civilized, not entirely homogenized life where we might confront and survive degradation, shame and deterioration. . . . His form was right for what he wanted—intensity, immediacy, and verbal velocity, the panoramic and the telescopic. He made the poem a state of mind and a force field.”
James Wright
“Richard Hugo is one of the best poets alive, in any language I know.”
Dave Smith
“He [Richard Hugo] was looking for what he called the ‘knowns’ and, as if his readers were his companions, he was our guide to the permanent, passionate, not yet completely civilized, not entirely homogenized life where we might confront and survive degradation, shame and deterioration. . . . His form was right for what he wanted—intensity, immediacy, and verbal velocity, the panoramic and the telescopic. He made the poem a state of mind and a force field.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393042252
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1973
  • Edition description: 1st ed.
  • Pages: 92
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD HUGO (1923-1982) was born and raised in White Center, Washington. He flew thirty-three missions in Europe as a bombardier in World War II, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross. He returned to Seattle to study with Theodore Roethke at the University of Washington. After thirteen years as a technical writer at Boeing, he became director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Montana. He lived in Missoula with his wife, Ripley, and two step children. The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir was nominated for the National Book Award. From 1977 to the end of his life, Hugo served as the judge of Yale Series of Younger Poets competition.

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Table of Contents

A Map of Montana in Italy 3
The Milltown Union Bar 5
Where Jennie Used to Swim 6
Where Mission Creek Runs Hard for Joy 7
Graves at Elkhorn 9
St. Ignatius Where the Salish Wail 10
Bad Eyes Spinning the Rock 11
Dog Lake With Paula 12
To Die in Milltown 13
Pishkun 15
Reclamation at Coloma 17
Helena, Where Homes Go Mad 18
Silver Star 20
With Kathy in Wisdom 22
Indian Graves at Jocko 23
Drums in Scotland 27
Chysauster 28
Walking Praed Street 29
Somersby 31
The Prado: Bosch: S. Antonio 32
The Prado: Number 2671, Anonimo Espanol 33
At Cronkhite 35
Upper Voight's, To All the Cutthroat There 37
Taneum Creek 38
The Gold Man on the Beckler 39
Cataldo Mission 43
Montgomery Hollow 44
The End of Krim's Pad 45
Old Map of Uhlerstown 47
A Night With Cindy at Heitman's 48
Point No Point 49
Cornwall, Touring 50
Shark Island 51
The Tinker Camp 52
Cleggan 53
Crinan Canal 54
The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir 57
Ovando 59
Driving Montana 61
Montana Ranch Abandoned 62
2433 Agnes, First Home, Last House in Missoula 63
Ghosts at Garnet 65
A Night at the Napi in Browning 66
Camas Prairie School 68
Missoula Softball Tournament 69
Phoning from Sweathouse Creek 71
The Only Bar in Dixon 72
Dixon 73
Hot Springs 75
Bear Paw 76
Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg 78
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