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(1923 - 1982 / Washington / United States)

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  • ''Isn't this your life? That ancient kiss
    still burning out your eyes? Isn't this defeat
    so accurate, the church bell simply seems
    a pure announcement: ring and no one comes?''
    Richard Hugo (1923-1982), U.S. poet. Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg (l. 23-26). . . Making Certain It Goes On; the Collected Poems of Richard Hugo. (1984) W. W. Norton.
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  • ''You might come here Sunday on a whim.
    Say your life broke down. The last good kiss
    you had was years ago.''
    Richard Hugo (1923-1982), U.S. poet. Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg (l. 1-3). . . Making Certain It Goes On; the Collected Poems of Richard Hugo. (1984) W. W. Norton.
  • ''Off south, the bison multiply so fast
    a slaughter's mandatory every spring
    and every spring the creeks get fat
    and Kicking Horse fills up.''
    Richard Hugo (1923-1982), U.S. poet. The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir (l. 43-46). . . Making Certain It Goes On; the Collected Poems of Richard Hugo. (1984) W. W. Norton.
  • ''work until my heart is short,
    then go out slowly with a feeble grin,
    my fingers flexing but my eyes gone gray
    from cramps and the lack of oxygen.''
    Richard Hugo (1923-1982), U.S. poet. The Way a Ghost Dissolves (l. 25-28). . . Making Certain It Goes On; the Collected Poems of Richard Hugo. (1984) W. W. Norton.
  • ''She planted corn and left the rest
    to elements, convinced that God
    with giant faucets regulates the rain
    and saves the crops from frost or foreign wind.''
    Richard Hugo (1923-1982), U.S. poet. The Way a Ghost Dissolves (l. 4-7). . . Making Certain It Goes On; the Collected Poems of Richard Hugo. (1984) W. W. Norton.
  • ''Rub a half potato on your wart
    and wrap it in a damp cloth. Close
    your eyes and whirl three times and throw.
    Then bury rag and spud exactly where they fall.''
    Richard Hugo (1923-1982), U.S. poet. The Way a Ghost Dissolves (l. 9-13). . . Making Certain It Goes On; the Collected Poems of Richard Hugo. (1984) W. W. Norton.
  • ''Or driven wild
    by snakes that kept the carrots clean,
    she butchered snakes and carrots with a hoe.''
    Richard Hugo (1923-1982), U.S. poet. The Way a Ghost Dissolves (l. 17-19). . . Making Certain It Goes On; the Collected Poems of Richard Hugo. (1984) W. W. Norton.

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Underwater Autumn

Now the summer perch flips twice and glides
a lateral fathom at the first cold rain,
the surface near to silver from a frosty hill.
Along the weed and grain of log he slides his tail.

Nervously the trout (his stream-toned heart
locked in the lake, his poise and nerve disgraced)
above the stirring catfish, curves in bluegill dreams
and curves beyond the sudden thrust of bass.

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