What narcissism means to me is tony hoaglands best regarded collection for a reason its his first truly cohesive work one that presses true emotion up against the cumbersome forever encroaching reality of american industry and culture. 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. 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 the sky is a thick cold . From the publisher 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
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