Donkey Gospel: Poems

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Graywolf Press, Feb 1, 1998 - Poetry - 80 pages
57 Reviews
Winner of the 1997 James Laughlin Award of The Academy of American Poets

In Donkey Gospel, his second collection of poems, Hoagland's generous effervescence and a jujitsu cleverness sparkle through line after line confronting negotiation and compromise, gender and culture, sex and rock music, sons and lovers, truth and beauty, and so forth. From the boy who speaks only in "Kung Fu" dialogue to the guy who visits a lesbian bar and sees his mother, this often funny and always thoughtful book of poems offers fresh, surprisingly frank meditations on the credentials for contemporary manhood.

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Tony Hoagland has a bracing style of writing poetry. - Goodreads
Master of strong endings! - Goodreads
Some of Hoagland's best writing is in this book. - Goodreads

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Vivid characters intoxicate these poems, and each narrative is (as others have noticed) brilliant and heartbreaking and so masculine American. Hoagland has this talent for subverting the world of his ... Read full review

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Some absolutely killer lines set in a gentle tone, like red streaks set in porcelain. Hoagland is fast becoming one of my favourite poets. Read full review



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About the author (1998)

Tony Hoagland's first book, Sweet Ruin, was awarded the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and the Zacharis Award from Ploughshares at Emerson College. A member of the writing faculty at the University of Pittsburg, Hoagland has also received grants from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation.

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