Eat Stone and Go On – The Recorded Poetry of Richard Hugo is a set of two audio CDs of his recorded poetry: listen to thirty-eight poems and stories like Duwamish, Skykomish River Running, Silver Star and Driving Montana, poems that introduce Hugo’s life among rivers in the Seattle, his Montana poems of towns and places, and his work set in wartime Italy and the islands of Scotland. Listen to short clips of come of the poems here.
The CDs are available in hundreds of Montana public and high school libraries. They are also available in the University of Idaho Libraries and The University of Washington – Seattle. The CDs are also available nationwide via interlibrary loan; ask your local librarian to check WorldCat and borrow them for you.
“his poetry…lifts us into a realm where everything is of consequence,
which we always knew it was, and never found the means to say it.” – James Dickey
Richard Hugo (1923-1982) published eight books of poetry, including Making Certain It Goes On: The Collected Poems of Richard Hugo, the book of essays The Triggering Town, a poet’s autobiography titled The Real West Marginal Way and the mystery novel Death and the Good Life.
Born in Seattle, Hugo was a WWII Army Air Corps veteran, worked at Boeing for thirteen years and played semi-professional softball. He taught for 17 years in the writing program at the University of Montana, received the Roethke Poetry Award, a Guggenheim, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship and was an editor of the Yale Younger Poet series.