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What Narcissism Means to Me: Poems Paperback – November 1, 2003
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Some of my favorite poems are "Phone Call", in which Hoagland's speaker realizes the sadness of his father's life and the impact that the speaker's harsh words have on the now-frail man's spirit; "Appetite", in which the speaker's thoughts trail away from the restraint table and through a series of visually surreal images that reflect that ominous presence that is death-in-wait; and "America", in which Hoagland confronts his own questions about American capitalism while still being true enough to admit his own weaknesses against it - "And yet it seems to be your own hand / Which turns the volume higher?"
This honesty and fearlessness is empowering and refreshing. Hoagland uses shared experiences and actualities to encourage his reader to question their everyday actions and beliefs. Questions of homosexuality, capitalism, political correctness, and racism appear throughout this collection and force me, as a reader, to take Hoagland's hand and dwell within my own confusion and uncertainties.
Hoagland's work is gutsy, comical, dark yet hopeful, accessible, and tenacious in its quest to clarify the human experience. I immediately purchased all of Hoagland's books, and read each one almost straight through. While I'll admit that the first section of "What Narcissism Means to Me" doesn't, in my opinion, equal the poems in the three sections after, many of the poems in this book--especially "Suicide Song", "Windchime", and "Man Carrying Sofa"--are honestly some of the best poems I've ever read, bar none.
Like all of Hoagland's work, I highly recommend this book!
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Many adjectives have been lavished already on this book. Suffice it to say I enjoyed, I learned, I went back and read again, - Hoagland's voice occupied me for a few days - and I... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Miriam C. Jacobs
Tony Hoagland's mastery use of the English language is exemplified throughout his second collection of poetry, What Narcissism Means to Me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by hamm
A deep thinking, word drunk, wit. I read and re-read his books.Published 13 months ago by Thomas Detroit
He manages memorable, quotable verse that this reader finds himself wanting to return to again and again.Published 18 months ago by ignacio f.
Tony Hoagland is funny, wonderfully verbal, and a good read. This is high praise for a poet. And he comes about as close as any to rebellion in the higher echelons of PC fields... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Schnoodle
Hoagland's astute observation of American culture is delivered in a stylish and often witty package. Fun, and deeper than it seems.Published 22 months ago by Marc Poirier