Tony Hoagland
Grammar by Tony Hoagland

Grammar by Tony Hoagland

Maxine, back from a weekend with her boyfriend,smiles like a big cat and saysthat she's a conjugated verb.She's been doing the direct objectwith a second person pronoun named ...

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Lucky by Tony Hoagland

Lucky by Tony Hoagland

If you are lucky in this life, you will get to help your enemy the way I got to help my motherwhen she was weakened past the point of saying no.Into the big enamel tub half-filled ...

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Jet by Tony Hoagland

Jet by Tony Hoagland

Sometimes I wish I were still out on the back porch, drinking jet fuel with the boys, getting louder and louder as the empty cans drop out of our paws like booster rockets falling ...

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Please Don’t by Tony Hoagland

Please Don’t by Tony Hoagland

tell the flowers—they thinkthe sun loves them.The grass is under the samesimple-minded impressionabout the rain, the fog, the dew.And when the wind blows,it feels so goodthey lose ...

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Special Problems in Vocabulary by Tony Hoagland

Special Problems in Vocabulary by Tony Hoagland

There is no single particular nounfor the way a friendship,stretched over time, grows thin,then one day snaps with a popping sound.No verb for accidentallybreaking a thingwhile ...

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America by Tony Hoagland

America by Tony Hoagland

Then one of the students with blue hair and a tongue stud Says that America is for him a maximum-security prisonWhose walls are made of RadioShacks and Burger Kings, and MTV ...

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A Color of the Sky by Tony Hoagland

A Color of the Sky by Tony Hoagland

Windy today and I feel less than brilliant,driving over the hills from work.There are the dark parts on the road when you pass through clumps of wood and the ...

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Disappointment by Tony Hoagland

Disappointment by Tony Hoagland

I was feeling pretty religiousstanding on the bridge in my winter coatlooking down at the gray water: the sharp little waves dusted with snow, fish in their tin armor. That's what ...

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Reasons to Survive November by Tony Hoagland

Reasons to Survive November by Tony Hoagland

November like a train wreck -as if a locomotive made of coldhad hurtled out of Canadaand crashed into a million trees,flaming the leaves, setting the woods on fire.The sky is a ...

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The Change by Tony Hoagland

The Change by Tony Hoagland

The season turned like the page of a glossy fashion magazine. In the park the daffodils came up and in the parking lot, the new car models were on parade.Sometimes I think that ...

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I Have News For You by Tony Hoagland

I Have News For You by Tony Hoagland

There are people who do not see a broken playground swingas a symbol of ruined childhoodand there are people who don't interpret the behaviorof a fly in a motel room as a mocking ...

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When Dean Young Talks About Wine by Tony Hoagland

When Dean Young Talks About Wine by Tony Hoagland

The worm thrashes when it enters the tequila.The grape cries out in the wine vat crusher.But when Dean Young talks about wine, his voice is strangely calm.Yet it seems that wine ...

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Note to Reality by Tony Hoagland

Note to Reality by Tony Hoagland

Without even knowing it, I have believed in you for a long time.When I looked at my blood under a microscope I could see truth multiplying over and over.—Not police ...

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