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Pub Date: 09/17/2019

Pages: 40

Publisher: Sarabande Books

Imprint: Sarabande Books

ISBN 13: 9781946448422

ISBN 10: 1946448427

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Category: POETRY / Women Authors


By Heather McHugh

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About the Book

Since Heather McHugh first began publishing her poems in 1968, poetry readers have marveled at the immensity and range of her gift. There seems to be nothing that McHugh can’t do with words and do with high wit and sonic brilliance. In her chapbook Feeler, McHugh takes on the fraught subject of empathy—how much we feel, and do, for the afflicted. It also addresses the relation between thought and feeling: “Nowadays I cannot tell/ the two apart: can’t feel things thoughtlessly/or think things up without emotion.”  As with only the very best poets, McHugh seamlessly combines thought and feeling, in poems that are entertaining and profound. 

About the Book

In Feeler, McHugh takes on the fraught subject of empathy—how much we feel, and do, for the afflicted. 


Heather McHugh, recipient of a 2009 MacArthur Fellowship, is the author of fourteen books of original and translated poetry. Her prize-winning translations include a Griffin International Poetry Prize and her volumes have been finalists for both the Pulitzer and the National Book Award. McHugh has taught writing for over three decades, most of which has been at the University of Washington in Seattle. She served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and in 2000 she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Since her retirement from the University of Washington, McHugh has served as founder and director of CAREGIFTED, a non-profit organization that supports the caregivers of disabled or chronically ill family members.