Turn Up the Ocean
“Poetry this heartbreakingly prophetic carries important weight but is as light as birdsong.”—Michael Ruzicka, Booklist
It presents its thousand ugly heads.
Death or madness to look at it too long
but your job
is not to conquer it;
not to provide entertaining repartee,
nor to revile yourself in shame.
Your job is to stay calm.
Your job is to watch and take notes,
to go on looking.
Your job is to not be turned into stone.
- “[Turn Up the Ocean] is a testament of prescient psalms from beyond the beyond. . . . Over and over, Hoagland returns to an elastic tool kit of metaphors: the red lights of a squad car (his complicity in his white privilege); ocean sounds (other possible lives); and the hyperobject of his gratitude, which is too vast, too wonderful, to define.”—Horace D. Ballard, Artforum's “Best Books of 2022”
- “This collection will stand as a fitting capstone to a stellar poetic career.”—Library Journal