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The Right Madness on Skye: Poems

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In September of 1977 Richard Hugo and his family went to live for several months on the Isle of Skye, off the coast of Scotland. One of the results of that experience is this new and impressive volume of poems.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published May 17th 1980 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published May 1st 1980)
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Ally
Nov 07, 2014 Ally rated it really liked it
I had intended to read 31 Letters 13 Dreams as my introduction to Hugo but wound up with Right Madness first. That said, this is a very good collection of poems with a strong narrative voice - the sort that really holds on to the reader. I suppose the only issue I had was some trouble connecting with many of the poems as they were so specific to a time/place. In a way the grant that he earned to go to Skye started to feel like an assignment, one that was being done begrudgingly. All the same, I ...more
Ryan Werner
Oct 05, 2015 Ryan Werner rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Hugo seems like he had a pretty good time on Skye, an island off the coast of Scotland. The book would come out three years after his trip. He'd be dead within another two. I'm biased to his poems dealing with the Pacific Northwest (they're secretly Midwestern), and, much like I feel about Seamus Heaney's poetry and its relation to Ireland, this collection seems like it's going to appeal to Scots and Celts and those who liked the writer to begin with. While I did enjoy the collection, I didn't c ...more
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Some powerful poems in this collection, especially if you have a Gaelic connection.
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Richard Hugo (December 21, 1923 - October 22, 1982), born Richard Hogan, was an American poet. Primarily a regionalist, Hugo's work reflects the economic depression of the Northwest, particularly Montana. Born in White Center, Washington, he was raised by his mother's pare
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