Triggering Town

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The Triggering Town is widely regarded as one of the classic books addressed to beginning (and established) poets of any age. A teacher for many years at the University of Montana, Hugo was beloved by his students, many of whom went on to distinguished careers as poets and novelists. Packed with advice on everything from 'How Poets Make a Living' to thoughts on truth in art, this slip of a book should find a home in the pocket of every poet. As his former student William Kittredge observed, 'Use language, Hugo says, for the sake of evocative runs of sound, like good jazz or whichever music you love. . . Don't worry about readers. They're on their own and will find meanings for your poems in their histories and yearnings. Let language go where it wants. If readers respond to your language, the poem can't help but mean . . . . Poetry is about inciting imaginations, first in the writer, then in readers.'

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