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Friday, June 12, 2009

About the Poems of Eugene Ruggles by Mike Tuggle

About the Poems of Eugene Ruggles

Muriel Rukeyser put it succinctly in a blurb on the back of his only book:

These poems have been gathering power and music until The Lifeguard in the Snow is here in full mastery. Intimate courageous, wester, it is a fresh gift to American Poetry.

Re-reading this collection thirty-one years after its publication, this is still true. And I suspect it will be a fresh gift thirty years from now.

It can truly be said of Eugene Ruggles that all of his poems are love poems.

link to Lifeguard in the Snow at Amazon