Richard Hugo

Richard Hugo was born in 1923 in the Pacific Northwest and studied at the University of Washington along with Theodore Roethke. His first book was published in 1961. Today he is remembered for his rhythmic poetry and his ability to depict specific settings in his work. Tension is also considered a key part of Hugo’s writing. 

The Freaks at Spurgin Road Field 

‘The Freaks at Spurgin Road Field’ by Richard Hugo describes how everyone is at risk from going along with a group’s actions and not thinking for themselves. 

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