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Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty: Poems (edition 2010)

by Tony Hoagland

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Title:Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty: Poems
Authors:Tony Hoagland
Info:Graywolf Press (2010), Paperback, 100 pages
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Generally with poetry books I tend to skip around, linger between poems... This particular book - I devoured greedily within a few hours, one poem after the next. ( )
  viviennestrauss | Mar 31, 2014 |
It's hard to reach a conclusion about this volume other than uneven. The many poems criticizing modern life seem a little facile, though doubtless entertaining. There are also some really excellent poems in here, deeply felt and moving. ( )
  Laura400 | Aug 21, 2011 |
I did not love this collection as much as the last two. Maybe in part it's just getting used to his style? Not sure. Different themes seem to recur in each book and the ones this time -- international politics, consumerism, cancer -- didn't strike as much of a chord with me as some of the earlier topics.

Some pieces may not age well, with references to Bill Gates, Britney Spears, the DC-area snipers, etc. But it is nice to see references to current events in the meantime.

There are a handful of erotic pieces in this collection. Straightforward ones.

Dialectical Materialism was one of the strongest pieces until a disorienting 'plot twist' at the end. I missed how that fit in. Also particularly liked I Have News for You, Big Grab, and Plastic.

Random bits:

"the flounce of a pedigreed blonde"

"The middle aged man
who cannot make love to his wife
with the erectile authority of yesteryear"

Visiting his dying father:
"For that occasion, I had carefully prepared
a suitcase full of small talk" ( )
1 vote kristenn | Aug 13, 2010 |
Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty by Tony Hoagland is his first collection of poems in 10 years, according to the Graywolf representative at the expo. The collection features poems that call into question the realities of the modern world from our dating rituals to our trips to the mall food court.

In “Big Grab,” Hoagland suggests language is taking on meanings that are less than they are. “The Big Grab,/so the concept of Big is quietly modified/to mean More Or Less Large, or Only Slightly/Less Big than Before.// Confucius said this would happen –/that language would be hijacked and twisted/” (page 5). This collection not only tackles the language changes our society faces and what those changes mean, but it also looks carefully at the world of celebrity in “Poor Britney Spears.”

Read the review: http://savvyverseandwit.com/2010/07/unincorporated-persons-in-the-late-honda-dyn... ( )
  sagustocox | Jul 18, 2010 |
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Like Larkin, Tony Hoagland seems to draw inspiration and fluency as a poet from his disappointment and frustration as a human being. And like Larkin’s, Hoagland’s poems, though chock-full of grousing, are so fully alive to the rich, dark depths of their grumpiness that they constantly threaten, against their author’s gimlet-eyed better judgment, to become ­beautiful.
 
There are 15 or 20 better poets in America than Tony Hoagland, but few deliver more pure pleasure. His erudite comic poems are backloaded with heartache and longing, and they function, emotionally, like improvised explosive devices: the pain comes at you from the cruelest angles, on the sunniest of days.
 
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From the Publisher: The new poetry collection by Tony Hoagland, the award-winning author of What Narcissim Means To Me and Donkey Gospel. In Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty, Tony Hoagland is deep inside a republic that no longer offers reliable signage, in which comfort and suffering are intimately entwined, and whose citizens gasp for oxygen without knowing why. With Hoagland's trademark humor and social commentary, these poems are exhilarating for their fierce moral curiosity, their desire to name the truth, and their celebration of the resilience of human nature.… (more)

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