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"Ultimately, the lyrics in Hoodwinked read as odes to mortality. They marvel nonstop, unsentimentally, and with necessary ambivalence, at the world as given and the human inability to consistently rise to the exhausting challenge of making every second count. These poems constantly acknowledge that 'all flesh is grass.' They make us hear the wondrous, terrifying hum of impending obliteration, while at the same time never growing immune to beauty, never ceasing to be curious about what the grass itself makes of our common temporal conundrum."
—Amy Gerstler, from the introduction

Inherent untrustworthiness—of received opinion, the trompe l’oeil deceptions of nature, and the workings of our own unfaithful minds—is given its proper menace in David Hernandez’ Hoodwinked. In poems that range from the backyard to Iraq and back again, Hernandez disturbs the surface of contemporary life to reveal barely submerged worlds that, impossible to fathom, make fools of us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932511963
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Publication date: 07/19/2011
Series: Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry Series
Pages: 73
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

David Hernandez: David Hernandez’s poetry collections include Always Danger (Southern Illinois University Press, 2006), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, and A House Waiting for Music (Tupelo Press, 2003). His poems have appeared in Field, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, The Missouri Review, AGNI and The Southern Review. He is also the author of two YA novels, No More Us for You and Suckerpunch, both published by HarperTeen. David lives in Long Beach and is married to writer Lisa Glatt. Visit his website at

Table of Contents

Questions About Butterflies
Fooling the Buffalo
Trompe L’Oeil
Moose in Snow
Remember It Wrong
Why Maggots
American Water

Everything I’m About to Tell You Actually Happened
Self-Portrait with Baby Possum
I Made a Door
At the Post Office
Supermarkets This Large
Hornet’s Nest

Man with Swatter
Victory Song
Challenging Mud (1955)
Doomed (1975)
Retirement Home Melee at the Salad Bar
The Body You’re Suited-up In
Phantom Limb
Married And

The Pompous Man
Against Erosion
Head Case
On Aggression
Fear and Logic
Road Trip
The Big Nothing, or the Gap Between David Letterman’s Teeth

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