Burst, Poems Quickly by Richard Hague


As Dick Hague tells us in his introduction, “Burst is comprised of poems written one after the other, rapid fire in less than three hours over three days in my creative writing class.’ “They appear in the order they were written, very lightly revised.” They are a view into the world of the teacher which Hague knows well. As he says, these are poems “celebrating the pure free angel that fills the room with light, that lifts the weight of our body from us and releases us bursting into language.”

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Book Description

  • Chapbook: 16 pages of Poetry
  • Language: English
  • Available: Yes
  • Audio CD: Yes
  • ISBN-10: 0-9763647-2-7

An Excerpt from the Poem


All day, the world has broken
into my life like a mob of revelers,
and now they fill the house
of me, dancing, making music.

About the Author

Richard Hague is a writer and teacher. His recent collections of poems include Garden (Word Press, 2002), Alive In Hard Country (Bottom Dog Press, 2003, and winner of the 2004 Book Of The Year Award in Poetry from the Appalachian Writers Association) and The Time It Takes Light (Word Press, 2004). He was named Ohio Poet of the Year by the Ohio Poetry Day Association in 1985 for Ripening (Ohio State University Press.) His collection Milltown Natural: Essays And Stories From A Life was nominated for a National Book Award. His extensive poetry collection/teaching and writing memoir Lives Of The Poem is forthcoming from Wind Publications in 2005.

Richard Hague was born and raised in Steubenville, Ohio, educated at Xavier University in Cincinnati and has done post-graduate work at Oxford. The winner of three Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships in two genres, he has taught literature, creative writing, and interdisciplinary studies for 35 years.