The Change By Tony Hoagland

The Change The season turned like the page of a glossy fashion magazine. In the park the daffodils came up and in the parking lot,…

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Jet By Tony Hoagland

Jet Sometimes I wish I were still out on the back porch, drinking jet fuel with the boys, getting louder and louder as the empty…

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Lucky By Tony Hoagland

Lucky If you are lucky in this life, you will get to help your enemy the way I got to help my mother when she…

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Please Don’t By Tony Hoagland

Please Don’t tell the flowers—they think the sun loves them. The grass is under the same simple-minded impression about the rain, the fog, the dew….

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Reasons To Survive November By Tony Hoagland

Reasons to Survive November November like a train wreck – as if a locomotive made of cold had hurtled out of Canada and crashed into…

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Special Problems In Vocabulary By Tony Hoagland

Special Problems in Vocabulary There is no single particular noun for the way a friendship, stretched over time, grows thin, then one day snaps with…

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Note To Reality By Tony Hoagland

Note to Reality Without even knowing it, I have believed in you for a long time. When I looked at my blood under a microscope…

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Disappointment By Tony Hoagland

Disappointment I was feeling pretty religious standing on the bridge in my winter coat looking down at the gray water: the sharp little waves dusted…

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Grammar By Tony Hoagland

Grammar Maxine, back from a weekend with her boyfriend, smiles like a big cat and says that she’s a conjugated verb. She’s been doing the…

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A Color Of The Sky By Tony Hoagland

A Color of the Sky Windy today and I feel less than brilliant, driving over the hills from work. There are the dark parts on…

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America By Tony Hoagland

America Then one of the students with blue hair and a tongue stud Says that America is for him a maximum-security prison Whose walls are…

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When Dean Young Talks About Wine By Tony Hoagland

When Dean Young Talks About Wine The worm thrashes when it enters the tequila. The grape cries out in the wine vat crusher. But when…

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