Paperback: 156 pages
“Richard Hague is the quintessential American gadfly, which means that though he is a believer in our better angels, he also knows the importance of giving the Devil his due. For he knows, wisely, as William Blake knew, that the devilish impulse in us when at its best is that creative eros at odds with our own vested, self-serving interests that all too often paralyze the body politic of the soul. Whether in verse engagingly humorous, bawdy with the subversive nostalgias that inhabit the awkward, bitter-sweet edens of our youth, or with a language replete with Whitman’s democratic vision and hope for us, a hope rooted in Emerson and Thoreau, or in turn as a lyrical Pan at his pipe at play with and in love with the natural world: these are poems, pipings, musings, or, if you will, public hearings that would wake us from our sleep – which is to say, would wake us to who it is we might yet be to grow.’” – Robert Murphy
Richard Hague is a member of the Southern Appalachian Writers workshop, Editor Emeritus of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, an annual anthology of contemporary Appalachian writing, and aboard member of Cincinnati’s InkTank, a nonprofit literacy and literature organization.
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 was 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 40 years.