Today's poem is "Song for a Mountain Climber"
from Eyeshot

Wesleyan University Press

Heather McHugh is the author of six previous books of poetry, including National Book Award finalist Hinge & Sign (Wesleyan, 1993). She teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Warren Wilson College; since 1984 at the University of Washington in Seattle; and, recently, at the University of California in Berkeley.

About Eyeshot:

"...it is only in our century, in the makings of just such wizards and sibyls as McHugh... that wonder is regarded as ...that “claim of presence to be lasting,” which is the true and proper subject of this brilliant and important poet."
Boston Review

"Heather McHugh’s poems combine wit and jazzy rhythms with a daring lyric velocity... a tough intellect: playful, sarcastic, and self-critical... All of McHugh’s poems accelerate toward the epigram, the aphorism..."
Threepenny Review

"All of her lines are demanding, especially her last lines–puzzling yet provocative, they're like little switches that flip at the end, sending the reader back into the poet's maze of words."
The New York Times Book Review

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