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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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The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir: Poems

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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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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

MONTANA WITH FRIENDS
A Map of Montana in Italy
The Milltown Union Bar
Where Jennie Used to Swim
Where Mission Creek Runs Hard for Joy
Graves at Elkhorn
St. Ignatius Where the Salish Wail
Bad Eyes Spinning the Rock
Dog Lake With Paula
To Die in Milltown
Pishkun
Reclamation at Coloma
Helena, Where Homes Go Mad
Silver Star
With Kathy in Wisdom
Indian Graves at Jocko

TOURING
Drums in Scotland
Chysauster
Walking Praed Street
Somersby
The Prado: Bosch: S. Antonio
The Prado: Number 2671, Anonimo Espanol
At Cronkhite
Upper Voight’s, To All the Cutthroat There
Taneum Creek
The Gold Man on the Beckler

TOURING WITH FRIENDS
Cataldo Mission
Montgomery Hollow
The End of Krim’s Pad
Old Map of Uhlerstown
A Night With Cindy at Heitman’s
Point No Point
Cornwall, Touring
Shark Island
The Tinker Camp
Cleggan
Crinan Canal

MONTANA
The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir
Ovando
Driving Montana
Montana Ranch Abandoned
2433 Agnes, First Home, Last House in Missoula
Ghosts at Garnet
A Night at the Napi in Browning
Camas Prairie School
Missoula Softball Tournament
Phoning from Sweathouse Creek
The Only Bar in Dixon
Dixon
Hot Springs
Bear Paw
Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg

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