Literature Program

Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.

Talking Leaves...Books, White Pine Press, & Hallwalls present:

Paul Hogan

Points of Departure Reading & Book Release Party

(White Pine Press, 2008)

Introduced by Jimmie Gilliam & Geri Grossman

"These poems are the moments of distillation in a bar room, back when smoking was still allowed in bars. Happy Hour is ending, and the sunset's rays cut though the smoky haze. You are about to call it a day, when your competitor sets his cue down, orders another pitcher and says, "You know, I've been wanting to tell you something." In that moment, he's shrugged off whatever expectations there are for men in this age...Maybe you fear the next words to depart his mouth, but you lay down your own cue just the same, pull up a stool, and listen as these words find their purpose, their destination. Later, you will examine your own heart, and discover it will be easier to do. These sharp words have pried it open with their honesty about the ways we live with one another. You will realize Paul Hogan has changed you, one poem at a time."
- Eric Gansworth, author of A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function

Poets Eric Gansworth and Paul Hogan at Hallwalls' grand opening, January 14, 2006 (photo by Cheryl Jackson)
"Individually powerful and collectively poignant, these poems explore the world of the male in pain, and his struggle to understand why. This poetry strives for an appreciation of what it means to be raised male in America in the past half-century—here masculinity slides slowly and graciously into a new realm: one of peace filtered through conflict, forgiveness wrested from anger, comprehension gathered out of confusion. What that process does to him provides a fascinating story, one at times grave, and at others familiar and at ease. Either way, any notions about masculinity or identity that readers of either sex bring to these poems will be challenged."
- Peter F. Murphy, author of Studs, Tools, & the Family Jewels: Metaphors Men Live By

"Paul Hogan projects himself into these poems in a travail for understanding that reveals the beauty of the struggle itself. Mistrusting the confessional poem, Hogan weaves the witness of his heart and brain; these poems reveal the poet's mind holding his heart as he experiences the shadow of loss cloud the face of his yearning. Left in the wake of his Beloved's widening sense of herself, the poet falls back to his origins, his Irish family, his friends, his quest-not to blame but to discover, not to abuse but to explore. His excavations, his vulnerability, muscular and tender, a manscape worthy of celebration."
- jimmie margaret gilliam, author of Ain't No Bears Out Tonight

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