Wednesday, May 16, 2012

How Richard Hugo haunts Missoula

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 10:36 AM

It's not often that we get to link to a piece about Missoula in The Paris Review. But local writer Alice Bolin has written a wonderful remembrance of the late poet Richard Hugo and his lasting influence on Missoula. It appeared Monday in The Paris Review Daily.

Here's a sample:

One can use his book of collected poems, Making Certain It Goes On, as a guidebook to Montana’s bleakest and loveliest destinations; titles of his poems will lead you to Garnet ghost town, St. Ignatius, Turtle Lake, Wisdom, and Fort Benton, finally winding back to what was once Hugo’s actual address in Missoula, 2433 Agnes Street. When Hugo wrote a poem about a place, he made the place a part of himself, and now that he’s gone, a part of him remains in those places.

Founded in 1953 by Harold L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen, and George Plimpton, The Paris Review "hopes to emphasize creative work—fiction and poetry—not to the exclusion of criticism, but with the aim in mind of merely removing criticism from the dominating place it holds in most literary magazines and putting it pretty much where it belongs, i.e., somewhere near the back of the book." Its among the first publications to recognize the work of Jack Kerouac, Adrienne Rich, Philip Roth and Jonathan Franzen.

You can follow Bolin on Twitter or learn more about her on her entertaining Tumblr page.

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