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The Brittingham and Pollak Prizes in Poetry
Michelle Brittan Rosado is a visionary architect building and following interior maps within intricate landscapes, creating luminous revelation and deep calm. A book like this gives you your life back. How the End First Showed D. I like the image of returning to the wreckage of the burning house of memory in the poem, "One Season.
Jul 02, Anthony Tao rated it liked it Shelves: By far the best poems are in the book's final section, when Hoagland meditates on death and -- more powerfully -- life. In "Safeway," the author recalls what it was like to, at the still-confusing age of 17, lead his cancer-ridden mother through the supermarket: Maybe months of sickness had burned away my mother's shame and left in her dry mouth a taste for irony, maybe she wanted to show the populace what death looked like in person or maybe it was simply her last chance to make small talk with the By far the best poems are in the book's final section, when Hoagland meditates on death and -- more powerfully -- life.
Jan 29, Visha rated it liked it. This is another one of those books I proudly own in my small poetry collection. Hoagland deconstructs America and the American way of life through a man's eyes. I think that detail is important, but it shouldn't be construed as a negative - I did not feel the collection was condescending or patronizing, I simply felt that i was reading the experiences and thoughts through a masculine perspective. Like a lot of poets, he alludes to various figures, things and places that I have to mark and loo This is another one of those books I proudly own in my small poetry collection.
Like a lot of poets, he alludes to various figures, things and places that I have to mark and look up - a simple capitalized word that refers to an entire body within a small line in the poem. But most of his works are highly accessible, thought-provoking, filled with vibrant imagery that stays with you long after you've closed the book.
Often, I read a few poems in this book before I start writing. Apr 12, Jsavett1 rated it liked it.
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Not his best collection. I believe this was Hoagland's first with a larger press. It was interesting to see some of the seeds in these early works which would come into full bloom in Donkey Gospel and What Narcissism Means To Me. That said, if you're looking to get into some Hoagland for the first time, I wouldn't start here. Aug 16, Zak Patten rated it it was amazing. Tony Hoagland is currently my favorite poet, and I pretty much devoured Sweet Ruin. If you're partial to accessible narrative poetry that is often very personal in nature, Hoagland's your man.
He writes from the gut, but not without some inventive use of language. Here's a choice snippet: View all 4 comments. Jul 25, Andilyn marked it as to-read Shelves: Cuz it bothers me. It was incredible, but a few of the poems were a little. But he is easily one of my favorite modern poets--brilliant.
But my creative writing professor highly recommended this book as well, and I've been meaning to buy both of them. Oct 25, Kasandra rated it really liked it. Hoagland's first book is very masculine and very American neither surprising, I've often described his voice in these terms, among others , but I'm always surprised and delighted that such a voice would delight me so. I love his sense of humor, his ability to be both vulnerable and brash, his honesty, and his eye for detail. Hoagland always sounds, to me, like he has his audience in mind at all times, and he wants to tell us the truth, he wants to tell us a story.
His work sounds like he's not Hoagland's first book is very masculine and very American neither surprising, I've often described his voice in these terms, among others , but I'm always surprised and delighted that such a voice would delight me so. His work sounds like he's not at all trying to impress us, but the poems are crafted with care, and so they do.
Apr 04, Gina rated it it was amazing. Ever since I read this, I want to start everything I write this way: It is only one in a million poets who manage to win me over, and Tony Hoagland reaaaaaally wins me over. A short excerpt from one of my favorite poems in the bunch oddly enough, the very poem that starts in the above manner. I came through in the spastic, fugitive, half-alive manner of accident survivors.
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Nov 25, Susan rated it liked it Shelves: Both are from the last section of the book and to my mind, successfully marry the poet's skill and wit with feeling. Oct 25, Loraine rated it really liked it. I'll just quote a few lines from "Mercy,' one of the poems in Sweet Ruin: But the moon stayed out of reach, imperturbable, polite.
It's seen my kind a million times before upon this parapet of loneliness and fear and how we come around in time to lifting up our heads, looking for the kindness that would make revenge unnecessary. I personally love Tony Hoagland, but this poetry collection fell a bit flat in my opinion. I really enjoyed many of the pieces, but there were also others which I would argue should have ended earlier, or just didn't inspire anything within me.
Perhaps I'm being a bit too cynical. Even so, a nice collection, but nothing stellar.
Jul 15, Erik rated it really liked it Shelves: In his younger work, Tony is more cavalier about political generalizations, but the title poem is wonderful. Hoagland's works feel like they ought to be posted on the doors and lockers of middle-aged men the way Keats and Kerouac populate hinge-hangers of adolescents.
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Feb 22, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tony Hoagland is a great contemporary poet. He writes about American manhood, both hetero- and homosexual, and the struggles we all face in relationships, both sexual and platonic, with people and with our culture.
Brilliant and highly recommended. Jun 03, Tom Romig rated it really liked it. Great stuff in this, his first full-length book of poetry as opposed to chapbooks. A fine collection, though I feel his later work is better--no surprise--in that the images are sharper, the pacing is more arresting, the themes more trenchant. Aug 02, Christopher added it. Talk about a beautiful romp through destruction, graceless grace, the poetry of vernacular, and you will find yourself inevitably talking about Tony Hoagland's "Sweet Ruin.
Jan 13, mr. Hoagland is funny, real, and accessible. Mostly narrative, his poems are beautiful and solid.
They often wander, but are grounded in a sense of self. Read him when you want to feel like a human being. He's not quiet laughter through tears, but he can be laughter through loneliness. Oct 12, Nate rated it it was amazing. Hoagland's first book and by far, his best.