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Hard Rain

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New poetry from award-winning poet Tony Hoagland.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published October 20th 2005 by Hollyridge Press
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Jul 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Tony Hoagland is a funny, smart and appropriately bitter man. I am not speaking of Tony Hoagland the person here, but the poet. He is funny in a poem like "Romantic Moment," when a speaker, on a second date and after a movie that has some of his more primal instincts going, has to censure his fantastical mating rituals in the face of ettiquette, and Tony Hoagland is smart in a poem like "Cement Truck" or "Allegory of the Temp Agency," when he examines the stuff of poetry itself through the need ...more
Shawn Sorensen
Aug 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, humor
Tony Hoagland is a breath of fresh air coming through the window of a house full of dogs, who breathe loudly and put their heavy, slobbering heads on their owner's knees as if to say "LOVE ME, PRETTY PLEASE!!".

Hoagland earned my love and adoration (sans drool) by being funny, revealing and making points about society and politics without beating this reader over the head (see previous part of sentence about "being funny"). He excels at pointing out the foibles and shortcomings about humanfolk,
Jen Hirt
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This 2005 chapbook, clocking in at 22 tight poems, is notable for its pissed-off-at-Bush-era commentary on American society. The title poem is, of course, referencing Bob Dylan's 1962 song. Hoagland's narrator hears the song done up as mall muzak (eeeeek!) and muses,

"I understand there is nothing
we can't pluck the stinger from,
nothing we can't turn into a soft drink or t-shirt."

Another poem goes on to skewer Operation Enduring Freedom with wordplay that we all love poets for, and "Dialectical
Geoff Wyss
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really liked this one. A few poems overindulge in the kind of coy, cutesy cleverness that often makes Billy Collins hard to take, but Hoagland's self-aware idiom is usually put in service of poems that are exactly about that self-awareness, about language's complicity in our compulsion to analyze. But the book's a lot more fun than that makes it sound.
Sep 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
A great chapbook from a very funny poet. I can't wait to see if these poems will end up part of a larger work, or if Hoagland has moved on and started working on something else. If you like Hoagland, this is a nice addition to your collection. If you haven't read him before, start with Donkey Gospel. It's his best.
Sep 19, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
It's a little more political than I was expecting Tony to be. Should have looked at the publisher and I might have guessed that before reading this chapbook. Not my favorite, but there are some beautiful lines.
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library, poetry
Read this book.
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
My favorite of these poems is Responsibility in Metaphor.
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Revisiting an old friend. A delightful poet.
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very good poetry. Like his contemporary take on things.
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In light of last week's Pepsi commercial (which treated the protesting of police brutality as an opportunity to bond over cola), the title poem of this 2005 collection continues to resonate.

After I heard It's a Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
played softly by an accordion quartet
through the ceiling speakers at the Springdale Shopping Mall,
I understood: there's nothing
we can't pluck the stinger from,

nothing we can't turn into a soft-drink flavor or a t-shirt.
Even serenity can become something horrible
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Anthony Dey Hoagland's father was an Army doctor and Hoagland grew up on various military bases throughout the South. He was educated at Williams College, the University of Iowa (B.A.), and the University of Arizona (M.F.A.). According to the novelist Don Lee, Hoagland "attended and dropped out of several colleges, picked apples and cherries in the Northwest, lived in communes, [and:] followed the ...more
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