The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Writing off the Subject

• "The Triggering Town" is written by Richard Hugo with the intent of helping aspiring poets develop their own style of writing.

• Hugo shares with his readers some of his own personal writing techniques.

• Hugo also writes about Thomas Roethke, the poetry teacher who most influenced both his writing and teaching.

• Hugo says that the only way to learn to write is for students to practice writing and develop their own personal technique.

• Hugo insists that one of the biggest problems young poets face is that they get stuck trying to write about a subject.

• Hugo writes that new poets should separate themselves from their subject and just write.

• The triggering subject should be a springboard from which the poet can leap into the creative process.

• The most important thing to remember about writing poetry is that the writer must stay true to his feelings...

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