06. What narcissism means to me

What narcissism means to me - Tony HoaglandThis follow-up to Donkey gospel is… less, somehow, than its predecessor. The title almost seems like an apology for Hoagland’s having been caught in his own eddies, or a post-rationalization. But the greater focus on himself — the navel-gazing, almost — kills more than a few of these poems. And the ones that do survive aren’t quite as transcendent as those in the earlier book; the third and fourth sections are definitely stronger than the first two, and there are a few good lines/passages, like this from Suicide song:

It is a stone, it is an inconvenience, it is an innocence,
And I turn against it like a record

Turns against the needle
That makes it play.

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