Leaf Litter on Rock Face

By Heather McHugh b. 1948 Heather McHugh
Things are not
unmoving (or else what   

is ing there for?)
The things once-living   

fall on the never-living   
all the more movingly for the eye

that passes over them.
The wind wells up

to spill a trail
of onces off the nevers,

take opaque from eye
to mind, or near it —

every rocking takes some leaving
to a stonish spirit.

Source: Poetry (November 2007).

 Heather  McHugh

Biography

Poet Heather McHugh’s work is noted for its rhetorical gestures, sharp puns and interest in the materials of language itself—her self-described determination is “to follow every surge of language, every scrap and flotsam.” Describing her work in the Boston Review, poet and critic Richard Howard alleged that “most of McHugh’s poems end in a spurt, as they proceed in a slather, of just such astonishment as is bestowed—afforded—by . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Living, Time & Brevity, Nature, Trees & Flowers

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Poetic Terms Couplet, Metaphor

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