W.S. Merwin: They would choose, out of a small number of manuscripts, the winner of that year's Yale Younger Poets series. That was a very big deal for a while. Now there are many other setups like that around the country, and it's a good thing, because they are publishing more books of poems. I don't know the reason, but Auden did and I was very happy. I was then living in Portugal and it was wonderful news. It got good reviews and that was very nice.
In 1977, Mr. Hugo succeeded Stanley Kunitz as judge of the Yale Younger Poets Series, which was established in 1920 to provide a publishing medium for the first volumes of promising poets. He was the author of nine volumes of poetry, including two that were nominated for National Book Awards: ''The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir'' (1973) and ''What Thou Lovest Well Remains American'' (1975). His latest volumes are ''White Center'' (1980), ''The Right Madness on Skye'' (1980) and ''The Triggering Town'' (1979).