by Tony Hoagland • from Application for Release from the Dream • Graywolf Press
Tony Hoagland is the author of four previous poetry collections, including Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty and What Narcissism Means to Me, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Application for Release from the Dream
“Hoagland is diligent, inquisitive, compelling, and barn-burning in these revelatory and necessary poems, which detail the landscape and take measure of the pulse of America within the greater human story.” (Booklist)
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"I seldom go to films. They are too exciting.”
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"In my retrospective imagining, which is surely inaccurate, I discover them both, film and poetry, on the same day. It’s mid-afternoon, sometime in the mid-80s. I am in high school. On this day I am alone and at loose ends, browsing the shelves of my small town’s public library, uncertain, as usual, of what I am doing, and my hand, for whatever reason, pulls from the shelf a copy of The Pisan Cantos. I open the book. I don’t understand what I see. I take it home. And that evening, at a friend’s house, he has a VHS copy of Blue Velvet, which we watch. I have seen movies before, of course. But not like this."
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