Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God: Poems

Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God: Poems

Tony Hoagland’s poems interrogate human nature and contemporary culture with an intimate and wild urgency, located somewhere between outrage, stand-up comedy, and grief. His new poems are no less observant of the human and the worldly, no less skeptical, and no less amusing, but they have drifted toward the greater depths of open emotion. Over six collections, Hoagland’s poetry has gotten bigger, more tender, and more encompassing. The poems in Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God turn his clear-eyed vision toward the hidden spaces―and spaciousness―in the human predicament.

Title:Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God: Poems
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781555978075
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    Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God: Poems Reviews

  • Petra

    This little book stabbed me in the heart more than once. Each poem contained at least one line that resonated and made me feel.When I started this book I didn't realize that the author had passed away...

  • Ken

    This one's a bit bumpier a ride than past Hoagland poetry collections, but there are some poignant ones related to cancer.One online available at The Sun follows:UpwardWith the help of Zen,my old frie...

  • Jan Rice

    This was the second book of Tony Hoagland's poems that I read. It's his last book; he died of pancreatic cancer in 2018 at age 64. As I wrote in my review of What Narcissism Means to Me, I discovered ...

  • Alarie

    This collection showed off Hoagland’s trademark wit, yet these poems are a great deal more somber and melancholy, more resigned to accepting the truth: “Wisdom isn’t scarce; it / never was,” b...

  • James Murphy

    Hoagland's poetry is quirky, funny. He looks at beauty with his eyes cut to one side while he writes of truth with his tongue in the cheek on the other side. He addresses this big idea or that one, bu...

  • A.

    Tony Hoagland was one of the first contemporary poets I read in college, and his poetry changed my writing profoundly. I have mostly moved on from Hoagland, in part because I sometimes find him proble...

  • Michelle Hart

    lucid, funny, and often achingly sad. i'll be revisiting many of these poems again. ...

  • Hugh Dufour

    An amazing collection of poems. Some of them are ironic and witty, but most of them, especially towards the end, are wrapped in a darkness clearly foreshadowing Tony Hoagland's early death. If you hav...

  • Nathan

    Since Tony died very recently,I want to write a different typeof review... and so... simply say,I absolutely hate to see this one go.I "starred" almost every single poemin this book. I think that says...

  • Jeffrey (Akiva) Savett

    Man! I love Tony Hoagland. I don’t know how I can even review one of his books. He’s had so much influence over me as an artist and soul, I cannot judge his work with aesthetic objectivity.Yet I d...