Hinge & Sign: Poems, 1968?1993


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5.6 X 9.05 X 0.53 inches | 0.68 pounds
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About the Author

HEATHER MCHUGH is Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English at the University of Washington in Seattle. She regularly teaches at the low residency MFA Program at Warren Wilson College. She is the author of six books of poetry, including, most recently, The Father of the Predicaments (Wesleyan 1999). In 1993, Wesleyan published her literary essays, Broken English: Poetry and Partiality. She has translated the work of Jean Follain, and with her husband Nikolai Popov, the work of Blaga Dimitrova and Glottal Stop: 101 Poems by Paul Celan (Wesleyan 2000). In 1999, she was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.


"A zealously crafted improvisation...her work is a testing ground of edges, allegiances and resistances."?Publishers Weekly

"McHugh brings poems from four previous volumes together with a significant amount of new work[She] artfully entwines the prosaic with the empyrean, twisting mundane images into verbal feasts, letting language flow through her hands rather than shaping it to her will This collection allows one to appreciate the development of her poetry over 25 years and to witness he increasing strength and maturity of her voice."?Booklist

"The new poems are a striking body of workHeather McHugh's Hinge & Sign is not to be missed."?Colorado Review

"A zealously crafted improvisationher work is a testing ground of edges, allegiances and resistances."?Publishers Weekly

"By turning language into courage, she manages to bounce you back from despair, keeps moving fear and pity into precarious laughter. Her poems are open, resilient, invisibly twisted: part safety net, part trampoline."?Voice Literary Supplement