Tony Hoagland

(1953 - / North Carolina / United States)

Comments about Tony Hoagland

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    Very impressive modern poet

  • 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!

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

    This guy is really DOPE

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

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

Best Poem of Tony Hoagland

Lucky

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 ...

Read the full of Lucky

America

Then one of the students with blue hair and a tongue stud
Says that America is for him a maximum-security prison

Whose walls are made of RadioShacks and Burger Kings, and MTV episodes
Where you can't tell the show from the commercials,

And as I consider how to express how full of shit I think he is,
He says that even when he's driving to the mall in his Isuzu

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