Liz Garton Scanlon (liz_scanlon) wrote,
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Poetry Friday -- Tony Hoagland

I love most of what Tony Hoagland writes, but there's something I truly worship about this particular poem.
It is both beautiful and accessible.
Both story and metaphor.
Both humor and utter conviction.

It is, in the end, an impassioned, heartsick, lusty poet's call-to-arms.
Feel, it says.
Connect, it urges.
Care, it pleads.


Personal

BY TONY HOAGLAND

Don’t take it personal, they said;
but I did, I took it all quite personal—

the breeze and the river and the color of the fields;
the price of grapefruit and stamps,

the wet hair of women in the rain—
And I cursed what hurt me

and I praised what gave me joy,
the most simple-minded of possible responses.



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