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Poetry Book of the Month December 2018

Greetings poets and poetry lovers! 

The December 2018 Poetry Book of the Month is Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God by Tony Hoagland.  


Praise for Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God

“The writing is classic Hoagland: accessible and conversational, sometimes humorous, as he scrutinizes everything from a book he’s reading to mortality and the emotions that arise when he thinks of the music of Leonard Cohen while sitting in a hospital waiting room. . . . The work raises important questions ‘about the hazards of playing at innocence,’ why our culture can’t seem to make progress and why no one seems to recognize the impending environmental crisis.”The Washington Post

“Dreamy, irreverent, and timely.”O, The Oprah Magazine

“Readers will enjoy [Tony Hoagland’s] original, ironic, satirical, and often humorous poems.”New York Journal of Books

“Tony Hoagland . . . takes us on a journey with his skill and capacities. He’s a major talent.”Washington Independent Review of Books

“Never sentimental, often fond, and always accurate, [Hoagland’s] lines cut through to the essence of experience. Yet they are leavened by tenderness and longing, a wry acceptance of the human condition.”Zyzzyva

“Hoagland’s poems are ripe with emotion. Some are sharpened to such a fine point that the reader won’t feel the dagger of humor with which they’ve been stabbed. . . . This is the poetry of resistance, resistance as unstoppable force.”Signature Reads

Priest Turned Therapist is an honest, accurate, and beautiful appraisal of this thing we call life.”The Coil

“Throughout, Hoagland’s work is refreshingly accessible without compromising sophistication or a complexity of thought.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Hoagland brings both humor and grief to a stirring poetic discourse. The poems reveal a remarkable mix of simple diction and documentary detail linked together with dark humor and satire. . . . Hoagland imbues smooth narrative with irony and surreal humor to deliver an especially rewarding book.”Library Journal, starred review

“Whether expansive or brief as aphorism. . . . the affect Hoagland conveys is often breathtaking.”Booklist

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Earlier Event: November 10
Wellspring Writers
Later Event: December 8
Wellspring Writers