Category: Mean

In Tony Hoagland’s “The Change,” the narrator is a racist character who shudders at the success of black women at Tennis.  The poem makes us cringe, and thats probably what its meant to do.  Its meant (more…)

Negative Capability: How to Talk Mean
and Influence People

by Tony Hoagland

Lying here together goes back so far. . .
it becomes still more difficult to find

words at once true and kind,
or not (more…)

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