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By Heather McHugh

"When I name poetry a kind of partiality," writes Heather McHugh, "I suggest its economies function via powers of intimation: glimmering and sparkles, instead of exhaustible sums. it's a damaged language from the start, brimming with non-words: all that white welled as much as continue the road from surrendering to the margin; all that quiet, to maintain the musics marked." In damaged English, McHugh applies her poetic sensibility and bold severe perception to issues starting from the poetry of Valéry and Rilke to historical Greek drama and Yoruba folks songs, supplying severe, passionate, hugely own readings which are educated and unified via her challenge for the relationships between language, tradition, and poetry.

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