What Narcissism Means to Me: Poems

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Graywolf Press, Nov 1, 2003 - Poetry - 96 pages
214 Reviews
An eagerly awaited new collection of poems by contemporary favorite Tony Hoagland, author of Donkey Gospel

How did I come to believe in a government called Tony Hoagland?
With an economy based on flattery and self-protection?
and a sewage system of selective forgetting?
and an extensive history of broken promises?
--from "Argentina"

In What Narcissism Means to Me, award-winning poet Tony Hoagland levels his particular brand of acute irony not only on the personal life, but also on some provinces of American culture. In playful narratives, lyrical outbursts, and overheard conversations, Hoagland cruises the milieu, exploring the spiritual vacancies of American satisfaction. With humor, rich tonal complexity, and aggressive moral intelligence, these poems bring pity to our folly and celebrate our resilience.

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Tony Hoagland has been a great introduction. - Goodreads
... i ripped it off for a writing exercise. - Goodreads
I especially love his writing on race. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Peter - Goodreads

Like Billy Collins, Tony Hoagland is a bit too cutesy for me. Some great conceits and metaphors. Yet, unfortunately, often in these poems (and others of his I've read elsewhere) "narcissism" while too strong an image, does fit exactly his style and content. Read full review

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User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

I'm beginning this year by reading Tony Hoagland, having gotten his new book of essays as a gift. Haven't read him before, so am starting here. This book of poems reads well to me, and in some cases ... Read full review


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Poem in Which I Make the Mistake
Catechism for November

About the author (2003)

Tony Hoagland is the author of Donkey Gospel, winner of the 1997 James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, and Sweet Ruin, winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. He teaches at the University of Pittsburgh.

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