Tony hoaglands poems in what narcissism means to me shows us that poetry can still be possible during anytime period and enjoyed at any age he reaches into societys current topics and ideas and pulls out a real unapologetic interpretation as the reader and an american we secretly enjoy him calling us out. In what narcissism means to me award winning poet tony hoagland levels his particular brand of acute irony not only on the personal life but also on some provinces of american culture in playful narratives lyrical outbursts and overheard conversations hoagland cruises the milieu exploring the spiritual vacancies of american satisfaction. What narcissism means to me is a defense against quotidian struggles because you know theyre there you know deep inside the misery of daily life love lies bleeding what narcissism means to me is surviving capitalism and catholicism and consumerism pick your ism so lets all sing of ourselves lets be narcissists. The following is a poem from what narcissism means to me by tony hoagland published by graywolf press in november 2003 reasons to survive november november like a train wreck as if a locomotive made of cold had hurtled out of canada and crashed into a million trees flaming the leaves setting the woods on fire. What narcissism means to me by tony hoagland graywolf press 14 paperback tony hoagland who teaches at the university of houston spent most of the past two years on the creative writing faculty at the university of pittsburgh many of these poems took shape in pittsburgh and a few are set here
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