Poet Tony Hoagland will read from his works at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Ashland High School's Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland.
Hoagland poems deliver as much comedy as they do pleasure, heartache and longing. His 2003 collection, "What Narcissism Means to Me," contains a bristling poem about wine tasting:
"But where is the cabernet of rent checks and asthma medication?
Where is the burgundy of orthopedic shoes?
Where is the chablis of skinned knees and jelly sandwiches
with the aftertaste of cruel Little League coaches
and the undertone of rusty station wagon?"
Hoaglund teaches at the University of Houston and Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. He's a 2002 recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters award for poetry, and he's been featured on Garrison Keillor's "The Writer's Almanac" on public radio.
His newest book is titled "Unincorporated Personas in the Late Honda Dynasty (Graywolf Press, 2010). His 1998 "Donkey Gospel" received the James Laughlin Award, and his 1992 "Sweet Ruin" was chosen for the Brittingham Prize in Poetry.
Hoaglund's reading is a presentation of the Chautauqua Poets & Writers.
Tickets cost $20 for reserved seating, $15 for general and $12 for students. Reserved tickets are available only at www.showtix4u.com; general tickets are available at www.showtix4u.com and at Bloomsbury Books and Bookwagon New and Used Books in Ashland. Students tickets are available at Ashland High School.