BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Award-winning American poet and essayist Tony
Hoagland, whose distinctive work has been cited for its
"...generous effervescence and a jujitsu cleverness" will present
the University at Buffalo's 2012 Oscar Silverman Poetry Reading
Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. in 250 Baird Hall.
The reading is free of charge and open to the public.
Hoagland speaks to inevitable human emotions and of feelings too
uncomfortable for us to acknowledge. Because his language is
unusually accessible, his topics common, his imagery all too
familiar, he is able to seduce the reader into meeting their own
unfamiliar -- and unnerving -- feelings.
Dwight Garner, writing in The New York Times, said, "Few (poets)
deliver more pure pleasure. (Hoagland's) erudite comic poems are
back-loaded with heartache and longing, and they function,
emotionally, like improvised explosive devices: the pain comes at
you from the cruelest angles, on the sunniest of days. . . . Listen
up, cats: This plain, unincorporated, free-range American poet is
one you'll want to know about."
The poem "Brave World" from "Donkey Gospel" offers an example of
one of Hoagland's startling and engaging poetic perspectives as it
presents the cancer cell, the virus, as characters we might
understand, even embrace, in the gentle analogous contexts in which
he presents them.
Carl Dennis, SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the
Department of English, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet in his own
right, says, "His powerful lyric poems are situated in the world we
live in, the one described in the daily news. They pointedly
address problems, fears and points of view that confront us every
day of our lives. His work is intense and wide-ranging, but also
very witty and quite moving, a combination not common in American
Hoagland's 2003 poetry collection "What Narcissism Means to Me"
was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His many
other honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the
Arts, a 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, the 2006 Jackson
Poetry Prize from Poets and Writers and the 1997 James Laughlin
Award from The Academy of American Poets.
His work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, Ploughshares, Agni,
Threepenny Review, The Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, Southern
Indiana Review, American Poetry Review and Harvard Review.
Hoagland has written three full-length poetry collections,
including "The Donkey Gospel" (1998) and "Unincorporated Persons in
the Late Honda Dynasty" (2010), as well as "Real Sofistikashun:
Essays on Poetry and Craft" (2006), all from Graywolf Press.
The annual Oscar Silverman Reading is presented in honor of the
late distinguished scholar and teacher who chaired the UB
Department of English from 1955 to 1963.
From 1960 to 1968, Silverman also directed and greatly expanded
the University Libraries and was instrumental in acquiring
materials for UB's world-class collection of 20th-century poetry,
in particular its Robert Graves Collection, the manuscripts of
Wyndham Lewis and the James Joyce Collection, which has evolved
into what is widely considered the finest Joyce collection in the