Hello Richard Hugo, I never knew you in person
But reading your poems and essays I already miss you my dear fellow
So I hope you’d enjoyed being translated into this odd language—
Your Triggering Town now may trigger someone here to dare to splash
Some crystalline water of the truth (of sorts)—
We speak here, but if not, please drop me a feather
Or maybe a thread of cobweb from your misty beyond.
By sheer chance I’ve learned some valuable part of my English at the University of Montana, Missoula, where Richard Hugo, MA, was one of the first directors of the famous creative writing program. If I only knew, mayhap I’d never leave that place and stayed to study. But it was exactly 20 years ago, I was 18, and unaware, and a chemist at that time.