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Tony Hoagland - Grammar

Maxine, back from a weekend with her boyfriend,
smiles like a big cat and says
that she's a conjugated verb.
She's been doing the direct object
with a second person pronoun named Phil,
and when she walks into the room,
everybody turns:

some kind of light is coming from her head.
Even the geraniums look curious,
and the bees, if they were here, would buzz
suspiciously around her hair, looking
for the door in her corona.
We're all attracted to the perfume
of fermenting joy,

we've all tried to start a fire,
and one day maybe it will blaze up on its own.
In the meantime, she is the one today among us
most able to bear the idea of her own beauty,
and when we see it, what we do is natural:
we take our burned hands
out of our pockets,
and clap.

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Poet: Tony Hoagland
Poem: Grammar
Volume: Donkey Gospel
Year: Published/Written in 1998

Comment 3 of 3, added on August 13th, 2008 at 11:44 PM.

This is one of my favorite poems in this book. The corner is dog-eared and the margin filled with notes. I've probably read it fifty times and I grow to enjoy it more with each read.

Tiffany from United States
Comment 2 of 3, added on February 28th, 2006 at 8:18 PM.

This poet is highly skilled, your advice seems rushed and undereducated. Please reserve your outspoken opinions for areas in which you have the knowledge to exert influence. OWNED

Pagio from United States
Comment 1 of 3, added on January 2nd, 2006 at 11:30 AM.

great poem but don't tell us what is going on let people start gessing than you for sharing your poem thank you
your friend,

ashley ball from United States

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