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Hinge & Sign

Poems, 1968-1993

Heather McHugh

Publication Year: 1994

A renowned poet's artful collection.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-xi

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Preface

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pp. xiii-xv

This offering of new poems, together with selections from my past books, comprising some twenty-five years in all, was not so much a labor of love (only the newest-hatched work still bears in relation to its creator sufficient strangeness to be lovable) as it was a work of wariness. For one thing, despite the reassurances ...

after Rilke

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pp. xvii

New Poems (1987-1993)

What He Thought

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pp. 3-4

Acts of God

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pp. 5-6

Window: Thing as Participle

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pp. 7-8

Dry Time

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pp. 10

Seal

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pp. 11-12

Two-Legged

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pp. 13

Coming

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pp. 15

Glimpse of Main Event

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pp. 16

My Shepherd

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pp. 17-18

Unfitted.

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pp. 19

The Woman Who Laughed on Calvary

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pp. 20-22

Eastport

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pp. 23

Well

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pp. 24-25

Unguent

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pp. 26

Some Kind of Pine

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pp. 27-28

Numberless

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pp. 29-30

To Go

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pp. 31-32

Connubial

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pp. 33

Prothalamion

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pp. 34-35

The Size of Spokane

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pp. 36-37

Better or Worse

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pp. 39-40

Two St. Petersburgs

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pp. 41-42

White Mind and Roses

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pp. 43-44

Scenes from a Death

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pp. 45-50

32 Adults (1990)

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pp. 51-62

Uncollected Poems (1975-1986)

Postcard from Provincetown

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pp. 65

Circus

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pp. 66

Sebastian's Mirror

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pp. 67

Just Man

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pp. 69-70

Five Threes (Fast Bike)

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pp. 72

Two Holidays

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pp. 73-74

A Night in a World

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pp. 75

For a Sad God

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pp. 76

The Song Calls the Star Little

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pp. 77-78

Faith

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pp. 79

Kind of Poor

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pp. 80

For a Good Man

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pp. 81

Lifelike

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pp. 82

Disappearee's Song

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pp. 83

The Act

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pp. 84

Where

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pp. 85

Household

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pp. 86

To a Christian

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pp. 87

A Hurricane Can Cast

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pp. 88

Denomination

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pp. 89

Literal

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pp. 90

Poems from Dangers (1968-1977)

Spectacles

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pp. 93

Orbit

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pp. 94

Pupil

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pp. 95

Preferences

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pp. 96

In Praise of Pain

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pp. 97

The Score

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pp. 98

Ozone

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pp. 99

To See the Light

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pp. 100

A Few Licks

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pp. 101

Tendencies

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pp. 102

Gig at Big Al's

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pp. 103

The Most

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pp. 104

Outcry

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pp. 105

Fable

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pp. 106

Patronage

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pp. 107

Double Agent

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pp. 108-109

Politics

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pp. 110

Fix

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pp. 111-112

Excerpt from an Argument with Enthusiasts, Concerning Inspiration

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pp. 113

Reservation

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pp. 114

Against a Dark Field

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pp. 115

Debtor's Prison Road

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pp. 116

It is 70 degrees in late November. Opening a window, you nearly know

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pp. 117

Stroke

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pp. 118

Solitary's Solace in the Natural Sciences

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pp. 119-120

Poems from A World of Difference (1977-1981)

The Field

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pp. 123

The House

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pp. 124

Like

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pp. 125

The Fall

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pp. 126

At a Loss

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pp. 127

Mind

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pp. 128

Meantime

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pp. 129

Blue Streak

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pp. 130

Meaning Business

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pp. 131

Confessionist

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pp. 132

Impressionist

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pp. 133-134

Whoosh

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pp. 135

Stall

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pp. 136

High Jinx

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pp. 138

North Island Songs

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pp. 139-140

Language Lesson 1976

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pp. 141

Toward an Understanding

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pp. 142-143

Inside

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pp. 144

Form

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pp. 145

Syllables

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pp. 146

The Nymph to Narcissus

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pp. 147

When the Future Is Black

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pp. 148

Message at Sunset for Bishop Berkeley

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pp. 149

Breath

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pp. 150

Poems from To the Quick (1981-1987)

Four Poems after Rilke

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pp. 153-154

The Amenities

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pp. 155-156

In a World of Taking, the Mistake

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pp. 157

Two Loves

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pp. 158

The Trouble with "In"

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pp. 159-160

Spot in Space and Time

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pp. 161-162

I Knew I'd Sing

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pp. 163

Constructive

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pp. 164

To God or Man

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pp. 165

Bear in English

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pp. 166-167

Animal Song

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pp. 168

Take Care

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pp. 169

What Could Hold Us

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pp. 170-171

Point of Origin

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pp. 172

To the Quick

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pp. 173

Bar and Grill

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pp. 174

A Physics

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pp. 175

Big Ideas Among Earthlings

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pp. 176

Or Else

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pp. 177

The Ghost

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pp. 178

What Poems Are For

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pp. 179

The Matter Over

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pp. 180

Poems from Shades (1981-1988)

Max Nox

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pp. 183

20-200 on 747

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pp. 184-185

What Hell Is

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pp. 186-187

Unspeakable

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pp. 188-190

Inflation

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pp. 191

The Lyricist's Lament

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pp. 192

The Oven Loves the TV Set

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pp. 193-194

Who Made Her

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pp. 195-196

Earthmoving Malediction

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pp. 197

Hole Filler

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pp. 198

To Have To

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pp. 200

Not a Sin

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pp. 201

Spilled

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pp. 202-203

Hard

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pp. 204

Melted Money

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pp. 205

Stairwell

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pp. 206

Labor

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pp. 207

The Typewriter's the Kind

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pp. 208

Place Where Things Got

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pp. 209-210

Round Time

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pp. 211-212

Shades

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pp. 213

Thought of Night

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pp. 214

From 20,000 Feet

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pp. 215-216

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 217-219

I owe debts of thanks and affection to those who have given me encouragement and support over the past twenty-five years: my parents; my brother and sister; Gregory Biss; Kurt Biss and Raya Garbousova (my second parents); Ellen Bryant Voigt and all the writers I've known at the MFA Program for Writers ...


E-ISBN-13: 9780819572127
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819522139

Page Count: 237
Publication Year: 1994