Heather McHugh

(20 August 1948 / San Diego, California)

Heather McHugh Poems

1. U-District Incident Report 4/24/2012
2. After Su Tung P'O 4/24/2012
3. Not To Be Dwelled On 4/24/2012
4. Philosopher Orders Crispy Pork 4/24/2012
5. The Oven Loves The Tv Set 4/24/2012
6. Space Bar 4/24/2012
7. Not Over It 4/24/2012
8. Amenities 4/24/2012
9. Inside 4/24/2012
10. Debtor's Prison Road 4/24/2012
11. Dark View 4/24/2012
12. Elevated 4/24/2012
13. From The Tower 4/24/2012
14. Half Border, Half Lab 4/24/2012
15. Leaf Litter On Rock Face 4/24/2012
16. Myrrha To The Source 4/24/2012
17. Constructive 4/24/2012
18. Better Or Worse 4/24/2012
19. Remains To Be Seen 4/24/2012
20. No Sex For Priests 4/24/2012
21. Man In The Street Or Hand Over Mouth 4/24/2012
22. Glass House 4/24/2012
23. The Woman Who Laughed On Calvary 4/24/2012
24. In Praise Of Pain 4/24/2012
25. Etymological Dirge 1/13/2003
26. With Due Respect To Thor 1/13/2003
27. The Father Of The Predicaments 1/20/2003
28. Ghoti 1/13/2003
29. Stroke 1/13/2003
30. Ghazal Of The Better-Unbegun 1/20/2003
31. Nano-Knowledge 1/13/2003
32. What He Thought 1/20/2003
Best Poem of Heather McHugh

What He Thought

We were supposed to do a job in Italy
and, full of our feeling for
ourselves (our sense of being
Poets from America) we went
from Rome to Fano, met
the Mayor, mulled a couple
matters over. The Italian literati seemed
bewildered by the language of America: they asked us
what does "flat drink" mean? and the mysterious
"cheap date" (no explanation lessened
this one's mystery). Among Italian writers we

could recognize our counterparts: the academic,
the apologist, the arrogant, the amorous,
the brazen and the glib. And there was ...

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Etymological Dirge

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear.

Calm comes from burning.
Tall comes from fast.
Comely doesn't come from come.
Person comes from mask.

The kin of charity is whore,
the root of charity is dear.

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