Tony Hoagland

North Carolina / United States
Tony Hoagland
North Carolina / United States
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Jet

Rating: 2.9
Sometimes I wish I were still out
on the back porch, drinking jet fuel
with the boys, getting louder and louder
as the empty cans drop out of our paws
like booster rockets falling back to Earth

and we soar up into the summer stars.
Summer. The big sky river rushes overhead,
bearing asteroids and mist, blind fish
and old space suits with skeletons inside.
On Earth, men celebrate their hairiness,

and it is good, a way of letting life
out of the box, uncapping the bottle
to let the effervescence gush
through the narrow, usually constricted neck.

And now the crickets plug in their appliances
in unison, and then the fireflies flash
dots and dashes in the grass, like punctuation
for the labyrinthine, untrue tales of sex
someone is telling in the dark, though

no one really hears. We gaze into the night
as if remembering the bright unbroken planet
we once came from,
to which we will never
be permitted to return.
We are amazed how hurt we are.
We would give anything for what we have.
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COMMENTS
bill grace 30 October 2020
A very very very good poem.
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Paresh Chakra 12 December 2018
and it is good, a way of letting life out of the box, uncapping the bottle to let the effervescence gush through the narrow, usually constricted neck. This stanga is very amazing
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Brian Jani 22 June 2014
Good job, this poem.is enjoyable and is rich in vocabulary
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Patricia Gale 05 March 2006
Nicely written. Words that flowed Patricia
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Tony Jennett 29 November 2005
There's a lot under the surface of your poems. I like them all although I'm more an iambic pentameter man myself. I rhyme all the time and use assonance once or twice a year Let's have more
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