Read Henry’s review of Wayne Harrison’s new novel The Spark and the Drive in Harvard Review Online.
“Frank O’Hara’s call for poetry “better than the movies” suggests qualities of movement, vividness, clarity and music: a high standard, met by the poems of Moist Meridian. It won’t do to exaggerate the cinematic quality of the poems, with their flashes of narrative, rapid cuts, crisp dialogue, fresh characters; the kind of thinking and the language are those of a poet— and distinctively reflective poet. The compression and swift varying of mood are those of poetry, as in the opening sentence-fragment of “Black Walnuts,”: little charred brains/ on November streets, where folks from Hope House/ lurch and bump, run rain-suited/ down to Rick’s Coffee and the market,/ over-greeting the kind and idle.” Alertness, generosity, irony and candor govern these poems, which are endlessly curious about the relations among people, with sex, friendship, marriage and alienation examples of an abiding, fearful but engaging mystery. An engaging, uneasy and clear-sighted book.”
Henry Hughes reads at the Ledding Library’s Milwaukie Poetry Series. February 9, 2011.
Oregon Literary Review video: Henry Hughes & Clemens Starck read and discuss poetry at Wordstock October 10.
Western Oregon Journal discusses Henry Hughes’ work: “Scribbler of scenes: Dr. Henry Hughes’s Moist Meridian highlights the poetry of everyday lives.”
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From Moist Meridian