Tony Hoagland

Tony Hoagland

North Carolina / United States
Tony Hoagland
North Carolina / United States
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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 a ...
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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.
Maxine, back from a weekend with her boyfriend,
smiles like a big cat and says
that she's a conjugated verb.
She's been doing the direct object
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
The Change
The season turned like the page of a glossy fashion magazine.
In the park the daffodils came up
and in the parking lot, the new car models were on parade.
Reasons to Survive November
November like a train wreck -
as if a locomotive made of cold
had hurtled out of Canada
and crashed into a million trees,


Abbot Cutler 20 March 2020
You say " This poet did not post any poems within the last 14 days" . He died more than a year ago. You should update.
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Nicholas Campbell 28 March 2019
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 02 January 2019
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 25 October 2018
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 01 May 2018
Sorry, but this poetry is not poetry! It's just a bunch of thoughts spilled onto paper.
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Kamiel Choi 25 February 2018
Very impressive modern poet
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Susan Bryant 14 January 2018
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 05 July 2009
This guy is really DOPE
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William Goldsmith 06 August 2007
Enjoyed 'Jet'. Mr. Hoagland, did you serve in the USAF?
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