Collection · Excerpt · Fragment · Poetry

Tony Hoagland

Without even knowing it, I have
believed in you for a long time.

When I looked at my blood under a microscope
                I could see truth multiplying over and over.

—Not police sirens, nor history books, not stage-three lymphoma
                                                                                     persuaded me

but your honeycombs and beetles; the dry blond fascicles of grass
                                                              thrust up above the January snow.

—Tony Hoagland, from “Note To Reality,” Application for Release from the Dream: Poems. (Graywolf Press September 1, 2015)

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