michael hogan (July 14,1943 / Newport, Rhode Island)
Biography of michael hogan
MICHAEL HOGAN was born in Newport, Rhode Island in 1943. He is the author of twenty books including novels, histories, social and political essays, short story collections and poetry. His work has received two Pushcart Prizes, an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, a PEN Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award and the gold medal of the Mexican Geographical Society. His poetry is widely anthologized and appears in many textbooks. Hogan has worked as consultant for the Western States Arts Foundation, for the Poets in the Schools programs in Arizona, Colorado and California, and for the National Endowment for the Arts conducting writing workshops in prisons. For two decades he was head of the English Department at the prestigious American School of Guadalajara and, most recently, was Latin American Consultant to the State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools. He lives in Guadalajara with the textile artist Lucinda Mayo and their dog, Molly Malone.
“Hogan’s poems are virtually free of the ego and fake emotion, the public posturing and self-regard that infect so much recent poetry. For Hogan to undertake the poem is to undertake the possibility of radical transformation. The humility and compassion of his poems warm me when others leave me chilled to the bone. He rewards the reader with intelligence and warmth and a wide sweep of understanding.” Sam Hamill, American Poetry Review.
michael hogan's Works:
Letters for My Son (1975)
If You Ever Get There, Think of Me (1976)
Soon It Will Be Morning (1976)
Risky Business (1978)
The Broken Face of Summer (1981)
Making Our Own Rules (1989)
Imperfect Geographies (1998)
Winter Solstice: Selected Poems 1975-2012
A Lion At A Cocktail Party (1978)
Molly Malone and the San Patricios (1998)
A Death in Newport (2011)
Molly Malone y Los San Patricios. Trans. by Ivy Becerra. (2012)
Intelligent Mistakes: Grammar Supplement for Latin Americans Writing in English (1991)
The Irish Soldiers of Mexico: A History of the San Patricio Battalion (1997)
Los Soldados Irlandeses de México. Trans. by Clever Chávez Marín. (1998)
A Writers Manual for Inmates in Correctional Institutions (2001)
Teaching from the Heart: Working At International Schools in Latin America (2003)
Savage Capitalism: Latin America in the Third Millennium (2010)
Newport: A Writer’s Beginnings (2012)
- 2380 Market Street
- A Name
- And the Livin' Is Easy
- April in Mexico
- Before the Monsoon Rain -new-
- Bob Dylan Returns to Guadalajara
- Dear One
- Dry Thoughts in a Rainy Season
- Ernest Hemingway,1961
- Fallen Angels
- For A Student Tempted By Suicide
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Refusing To Be Ghosts
The elderly pass among us
in a blur of gray and white
noticed only when they hold up the line fumbling for change in a plastic purse
or do not know how to swipe the card with the proper side up
or scan the reservation code, or stand on the right of the moving sidewalk.
They are tentative and fragile like children or puppies
but not as cute
so they do not call forth our tenderness.
We wish them out of the way with their shuffling steps and inane questions