Nuts and Bolts

Lectures on poetry & writing by Richard Hugo (cont.) Don’t write with a pen. Ink tends to give the impression the words shouldn’t be changed. Write with what gives you the most sensual satisfaction. Write in a hard-covered notebook with green lined pages. Green is easy on the eyes. Blank white pages seems to challenge you … More Nuts and Bolts

Finish the poem first, then worry, if you have to, about being right or sane

Lectures on poetry & writing by Richard Hugo (cont.) Assumptions lie behind the work of all writers. Words love the ridicules areas of our minds. It is important that a poet not question her assumptions, at least not in the middle of composition. Finish the poem first, then worry, if you have to, about being right … More Finish the poem first, then worry, if you have to, about being right or sane

The Triggering Town

Lectures on poetry & writing by Richard Hugo (cont.) I caution against communication because once language exist only to convey information, it is dying. In news articles the relation of the words to the subject is a strong one. The relation of the words to the writer is weak. (Since the majority of your reading … More The Triggering Town