The Triggering Subject

#NaPoWriMo Poetry Prompt

Book cover of The Triggering Town by Richard Hugo showing a dilapidated house in an overgrown field

Have you ever felt left out of a conversation?

I felt that way when I began an MFA in Creative Writing program in the 1990’s. I didn’t get why my fellow students kept mentioning “Hugo.” It was “Hugo this” and “Hugo that.” I broke down and asked one of the professors, “Why does everyone keep talking about Victor Hugo?”