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Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty by Tony Hoagland
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I have a lot of misgivings about this book. On the one hand, Hoagland can be a very skilled and entertaining poet, utilizing a tone that is ironic and smart. There are poems in this book that I thought were quite good, and if the poet did not have so much baggage attached to him, I might think differently about his poems. Hoagland has been accused of being racist, and while he does address issues of race here, I don't think there are pieces in this book that will offend. However, a few of the poems in this collection have a skeevy vibe I won't go quite so far as to call sexist, but they create a skunky odor that wafts over the entire collection, making it unpleasant for me to read. Hoagland is an interesting poet and he will definitely make you think, as long as you don't mind that he doesn't care if he offends anyone's sensibilities.
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