I enjoyed the early poems in Hoagland's recent book most, but as I read on and tried to figure out how the title--What Narcissism Means To Me--was panning out, I was more uncomfortable with some of the tone or content. Maybe that's the point of a poem like "Rap Music": to make the reader squirm a little. Part of why I read poetry is to explore different perspectives, so I'm trying to figure out whether the poems here are aware of their narcissisms--and whether they ask us all to consider how limited we all are by our self interests. I'm not quite yet convinced.
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Review submitted by: Anna Leahy, Assistant Professor, Department of English