Tony Hoagland

(1953 - / North Carolina / United States)

Tony Hoagland
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He was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His father was an Army doctor, and Hoagland grew up on various military bases throughout the South. He was educated at Williams College, the University of Iowa (B.A.), and the University of Arizona (M.F.A.). According to the novelist Don Lee, Hoagland "attended and dropped out of several colleges, picked apples and cherries in the Northwest, lived in communes, [and] followed the Grateful Dead . . ." He currently teaches in the University of Houston creative writing program. He is also on the faculty of the Warren Wilson low-residency MFA program.

In an interview with Miriam Sagan about his poetic influences, Hoagland said, ... more »

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  • Nicholas Campbell(3/28/2019 11:51:00 PM)

    Deceptively simple poems. Lovely stuff. For those who think this isn't poetry, they need to be very still and let every thing come in.

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  • Renee Joyce(1/2/2019 8:56:00 AM)

    His words capture some things I can never articulate. They ring so true, I can feel them beating in the eye of my heart. It is a comfort to read Tony's poems and feel the breath of them speak.

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  • Elizabeth MacMillan(10/25/2018 1:53:00 PM)

    I have seldom read a body of poetry that has such power to reach into daily life and produce an epic. I will miss him.

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  • Everson McDaniels(5/1/2018 8:51:00 PM)

    Sorry, but this poetry is not poetry! It's just a bunch of thoughts spilled onto paper.

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  • Kamiel Choi Kamiel Choi(2/25/2018 4:57:00 AM)

    Very impressive modern poet

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  • Susan Bryant(1/14/2018 5:10:00 PM)

    I discovered Tony Hoagland on the pages of The New Yorker and have fallen in love with his poetry. He's bracing—and wonderful!

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  • Evelyn Friedman(7/5/2009 7:45:00 AM)

    This guy is really DOPE

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  • William Goldsmith(8/6/2007 1:53:00 PM)

    Enjoyed 'Jet'. Mr. Hoagland, did you serve in the USAF?

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Best Poem of Tony Hoagland


If you are lucky in this life,
you will get to help your enemy
the way I got to help my mother
when she was weakened past the point of saying no.

Into the big enamel tub
half-filled with water
which I had made just right,
I lowered the childish skeleton
she had become.

Her eyelids fluttered as I soaped and rinsed
her belly and her chest,
the sorry ruin of her flanks
and the frayed gray cloud
between her legs.

Some nights, sitting by her bed
book open in my lap
while I listened to the air
move thickly in and out of her ...

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