Twenty Poems That Could Save America presents insightful essays on the craft of poetry and a bold conversation about the role of poetry in contemporary culture. Essays on the "vertigo" effects of new poetry give way to appraisals of Robert Bly, Sharon Olds, and Dean Young. At the heart of this book is an honesty and curiosity about the ways poetry can influence America at both the private and public levels. Tony Hoagland is already one of this country's most provocative poets, and this book confirms his role as a restless and perceptive literary and cultural critic.
Tony Hoagland is the author of Unincorporated Personas in the Late Honda Dynasty (2010); What narcissism means to me (2003), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Donkey gospel (1998), which received the James Laughlin Award; and Sweet Ruin (1992), chosen for the 1992 Brittingham Prize in Poetry and winner of the Zacharis Award from Emerson College. Hoagland's other honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship to the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the O. B. Hardison Prize for Poetry and Teaching from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the 2008 Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers magazine, and the Poetry Foundation's 2005 Mark Twain Award in recognition of his contribution to humor in American poetry. Hoagland teaches in the writing program at the University of Houston and in the Warren Wilson low-residency MFA program.
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