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Turn Up the Ocean


Graywolf Press

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ISBN10: 1644450925
ISBN13: 9781644450925


80 Pages



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Over the course of his celebrated career, Tony Hoagland ventured fearlessly into the unlit alleys of emotion and experience. The poems in Turn Up the Ocean examine with an unflinching eye and mordant humor the reality of living and dying in a time and culture that conspire to erase our inner lives. Hoagland’s signature wit and unparalleled observations take in long-standing injustices, the atrocities of American empire and consumerism, and our ongoing habit of looking away. In these poems, perseverance depends on a gymnastics of skepticism and comedy, a dogged quest for authentic connection, and the consolations of the natural world. Turn Up the Ocean is a remarkable and moving collection, a fitting testament to Hoagland’s devotion to the capaciousness and art of poetry.

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Tony Hoagland (1953–2018) was the award-winning author of seven books of poetry, including Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God and What Narcissism Means to Me, and four books about poetry, including Twenty Poems That Could Save America.