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Remembering Tony Hoagland; Kirkus Prizes announced

Tony Hoagland. Photo: Dorothy Alexander.

The poet Tony Hoagland died Tuesday from cancer at the age of sixty-four. Hoagland was the author of many poetry collections, including 2003’s What Narcissism Means to Me, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. He received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and won the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award, among other honors. Critic Dwight Garner said of the poet, “At his frequent best . . . Hoagland is demonically in touch with the American demotic.” The Poetry Foundation has twelve of Hoagland’s poems online, including “Bible Study,” which ends with the line: “And God said, Survive. And carry my perfume among the perishing.” 

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