Tony Hoagland is the author of five previous poetry collections, including Application for Release from the Dream and What Narcissism Means to Me, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
"The writing is classic Hoagland: accessible and conversational, sometimes humorous, as he scrutinizes everything from a book he's reading to mortality and the emotions that arise when he thinks of the music of Leonard Cohen while sitting in a hospital waiting room. . . . The work raises important questions 'about the hazards of playing at innocence, ' why our culture can't seem to make progress and why no one seems to recognize the impending environmental crisis."--The Washington Post "Readers will enjoy [Tony Hoagland's] original, ironic, satirical, and often humorous poems."--New York Journal of Books "Tony Hoagland . . . takes us on a journey with his skill and capacities. He's a major talent."--Washington Independent Review of Books "Never sentimental, often fond, and always accurate, [Hoagland's] lines cut through to the essence of experience. Yet they are leavened by tenderness and longing, a wry acceptance of the human condition."--Zyzzyva "Hoagland's poems are ripe with emotion. Some are sharpened to such a fine point that the reader won't feel the dagger of humor with which they've been stabbed. . . . This is the poetry of resistance, resistance as unstoppable force."--Signature Reads "Priest Turned Therapist is an honest, accurate, and beautiful appraisal of this thing we call life."--The Coil "Throughout, Hoagland's work is refreshingly accessible without compromising sophistication or a complexity of thought."--Publishers Weekly, starred review "Hoagland brings both humor and grief to a stirring poetic discourse. The poems reveal a remarkable mix of simple diction and documentary detail linked together with dark humor and satire. . . . Hoagland imbues smooth narrative with irony and surreal humor to deliver an especially rewarding book."--Library Journal, starred review "Whether expansive or brief as aphorism. . . . the affect Hoagland conveys is often breathtaking."--Booklist