Physiology of Kisses by Tony Hoagland: poetry podcast #14

I’ve been thinking about this poem all week—I’m not sure why—sometimes it just happens that a certain poem will be ringing in my head for a period of days.

First, a view from my walk this morning:

And now the podcast:

See the written version of “Physiology of Kisses
(this poem appears in Hoagland’s collection What Narcissism Means to Me)

You may remember this previous podcast of a Tony Hoagland poem—be sure to check it out if you enjoyed this one.

{Listen to previous poetry podcasts}

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4 Responses to “Physiology of Kisses by Tony Hoagland: poetry podcast #14”


  1. 1 jaja March 28, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    oh my gosh, i’m reading this collection right now! aaaaaaaaaaaaaa how parallel! wonderful choice for a podcast!

  2. 2 Kerri March 29, 2010 at 1:28 am

    I LOVE this photo! Beautiful light! Is it a forest pansy tree?

  3. 3 Geoff M. Pope March 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Oh my smootchies! Just the other day I read this article:
    “How to Be a Better Kisser” —
    http://www.bottomlinesecrets.com/article.html?article_id=100000508

    What a vulnerablearthy and romanticentered poem; I especially like “into the changing shape of her thirst” and all of the last quenching stanza. And you’re so right about the unique plant metaphor and the Kath line; thank you for the insights — which got me thinking about other juxtaposing and oxymoronic terms in the poem: “Physiology…Kisses, hard flower, kiss-recipient, gripping…softly.”

    I haven’t read much of Hoagland’s work; will go back to the previous one you podcasted…

  4. 4 artproject2010 March 30, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Wow. What a photo. Just wow.


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