What Narcissism Means to Me: Poems

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Graywolf Press, Nov 1, 2003 - Poetry - 96 pages
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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  - Jerome - Goodreads

Fantastic collection. Funny at times, brutally honest and terrifying at others. Highly recommend! Read full review

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User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

I heard Garrison Keillor reading a poem from this on "Writers' Almanac" the other day and decided to re-read it. I don't have a lot of poetry collections, but this is one of my favorites. Read full review


A Color of the Sky
Phone Call
Two Trains
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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