Donkey Gospel Book reviews


Author(s): Tony HoaglandDownload  


Winner of the 1997 James Laughlin Award of The Academy of American PoetsIn his second collection of poems, Hoagland’s generous effervescence and a jujitsu cleverness sparkle through line after line confronting negotiation and compromise, gender and culture, sex and rock music, sons and lovers, truth and beauty, and so forth. From the boy who speaks only in “Kung Fu” dialogue to the guy who visits a lesbian bar and sees his mother, this often funny and always thoughtful book of poems offers fresh, surprisingly frank meditations on the credentials for contemporary manhood.

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This is the first book of collected poetry I’ve read that does not have a consecutive storyline, and I really enjoyed it. Hoagland does not shy away from the very real issues society is facing but rather confronts them in a stark and poignant manner. There were several of the poems that stuck out to me for their beautiful composition, but the one I can’t seem to forget is “Beauty,” which is about his sister and the ideas of what it means to be beautiful. I borrowed a copy from a friend to read, but I have a good feeling that I will get my own copy to read some of these poems over and over again, finding something new each time I do.


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