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In LITTLE OCEANS we enter the wild range of Tony Hoagland's universe as he charts the manners and morals of our contemporary world with his incisive eye and lyric heart. In LITTLE OCEANS we enter the wild range of Tony Hoagland's universe as he charts the manners and morals of our contemporary world with his incisive eye and lyric heart.


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In LITTLE OCEANS we enter the wild range of Tony Hoagland's universe as he charts the manners and morals of our contemporary world with his incisive eye and lyric heart. In LITTLE OCEANS we enter the wild range of Tony Hoagland's universe as he charts the manners and morals of our contemporary world with his incisive eye and lyric heart.

30 review for Little Oceans (the Hollyridge Press Chapbook Series)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tom Romig

    Quirky, honest, insightful, and always surprising. A few stanzas from "Jazz": Someone had given me a jazz CD he had thought I would enjoy, but the song unfurling on the stereo that day, it seemed a kind of torture-music, played by wildly unhappy musicians on instruments that had been bent in shipping, then harnessed by some masochist composer for an experiment on the nature of obstruction. Quirky, honest, insightful, and always surprising. A few stanzas from "Jazz": Someone had given me a jazz CD he had thought I would enjoy, but the song unfurling on the stereo that day, it seemed a kind of torture-music, played by wildly unhappy musicians on instruments that had been bent in shipping, then harnessed by some masochist composer for an experiment on the nature of obstruction.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wilbur

    I may be a grown man but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the ingenuities if violence against matter

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cathleen

    The Truth about being Honest The world is so big that truth seems hard to find, so Tony Hoagland wrote “Little Oceans”. The book dives into political matters such as race, pop culture including Brittany Spears, and emotional issues of love and lose that may all seem overdone by poets, or writers in general, but Hoagland gives his fresh, honest perspective. Hoagland uses the same form and functions in his poetry that he and many poets have used before. His lines break obviously and flow naturall The Truth about being Honest The world is so big that truth seems hard to find, so Tony Hoagland wrote “Little Oceans”. The book dives into political matters such as race, pop culture including Brittany Spears, and emotional issues of love and lose that may all seem overdone by poets, or writers in general, but Hoagland gives his fresh, honest perspective. Hoagland uses the same form and functions in his poetry that he and many poets have used before. His lines break obviously and flow naturally into each other. He keeps you moving down the page and surprises you with both internal and end rhyme. Nothing jumps at you through his form but his points of view smack you right in the face. He keeps his titles short and his word choices common but the outcome is articulate and accurate to his points. The situations Hoagland creates or recreates spin things in a way that opens a sail, lets the reader take the wheel and direct the points made in a personal direction, staying in that same ship, that same frame of mind. His poem “The Truth” is an excellent example of this, comparing a human life moving forward to a wasps trying to enter a home. The connection seems impossible but Hoagland captures the natural actions and reactions someone faces day to day to other meanings of life that may be overlooked. He doesn’t stray from human connections in this collection either. He scrapes the hard truth that might make you flinch or your eyes widen in astonishment of the facts that lay on the page. His poems “Physician’s Assistant” and “Victory” are just two in this book that show he’s not hiding anything, that he’s not adding any meat to juice it up he’s just throwing the bare bones out there. In the title poem Hoagland writes, “What does it say about me, / that I always linger on the outside, / dying of thirst while trying / to catch a glimpse of life’s interior? / Am I just some kind of little Magellan / standing at the rail of my ship, holding a spyglass to my eye / as I sail around and around the world?” Although it seems that the title poem should be “The Truth” this quote from the poem “Little Oceans” may just be the reason that Hoagland picked it as the title poem. This describes exactly what he is attempting to do. Tony Hoagland is sailing the world’s oceans with a thirst for truth and he just many have caught a glimpse with his spyglass and others can see it in his book “Little Oceans”.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Schuyler

    A quiet chapbook from one of my favorite poets. He has a longer book of poems coming out in February 2010. In this particular collection, he tackles a few global/political topics that seem to be a little out of his poetic range and some metaphors felt a bit forced. The last poem is a good representation of his style and my favorite of the collection: "The Perfect Moment" In the kisslike early summer twilight/under the weathered backboard/and the ragged net hanging from the hoop/and the ball swoos A quiet chapbook from one of my favorite poets. He has a longer book of poems coming out in February 2010. In this particular collection, he tackles a few global/political topics that seem to be a little out of his poetic range and some metaphors felt a bit forced. The last poem is a good representation of his style and my favorite of the collection: "The Perfect Moment" In the kisslike early summer twilight/under the weathered backboard/and the ragged net hanging from the hoop/and the ball swooshing through it/as a long sweeping motion of the wind/bends all the marshgrass down at once/but only for a moment/before it springs back up/and Kath comes out of the house/with the iced tea and the newspaper/folded to the page of the movie times,/I am thinking that if this /really is a perfect moment/ it is probably up to the person/with stage four lymphoma to say so/-but he is concentrating, setting up a corner shot/trying to get his backspin right.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    A fizzy-water-with-lime-slice drink of a book. Four gulps, you're refreshed, you toss your head back and laugh, and then it's over. Yes, there are times when it's a bit too much poignant-metaphor-imagery, stanza-break-hinge, what-this-means-to-me. But he does it well, so there. (Especially us as screen-banging wasps in "The Truth.") And "The Loneliest Job in the World" is heartbreakingly on. A fizzy-water-with-lime-slice drink of a book. Four gulps, you're refreshed, you toss your head back and laugh, and then it's over. Yes, there are times when it's a bit too much poignant-metaphor-imagery, stanza-break-hinge, what-this-means-to-me. But he does it well, so there. (Especially us as screen-banging wasps in "The Truth.") And "The Loneliest Job in the World" is heartbreakingly on.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    The title poem is my favorite.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

  8. 5 out of 5

    Theodore Beck

  9. 4 out of 5

    David Ruekberg

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Mills

  11. 5 out of 5

    Roxane Stoner

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Karpenko

  13. 5 out of 5

    The Great Mother Conference

  14. 5 out of 5

    Eliza Lambert

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Knutson

  16. 5 out of 5

    Antonia

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shannpalmer

  18. 5 out of 5

    James Bowley

  19. 4 out of 5

    C.H.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

  23. 5 out of 5

    Annie Mcwilliams

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Hoskisson

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Nichols

  26. 5 out of 5

    Allison

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laure-anne

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ed

  29. 4 out of 5

    SLev

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Faith

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