Tony Hoagland’s poems poke and provoke at the same time as they entertain and delight. He is American poetry’s hilarious and disturbing "high priest of irony", a wisecracker and a risktaker whose disarming humour, self-scathing and tenderness are all fuelled by an aggressive moral intelligence. He pushes the poem not just to its limits but over the edge. This is an excerpt from a film made by Pamela Robertson-Pearce in August 2008 of Tony Hoagland reading an extended selection of poems at his home in Wellfleet on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The first two poems, 'Lawrence' and 'Lucky' are from DONKEY GOSPEL (Graywolf Press, USA, 1998) and WHAT NARCISSISM MEANS TO ME: SELECTED POEMS (Bloodaxe Books, UK, 2005), and the third, 'Poor Britney Spears', is from UNINCORPORATED PERSONS IN THE LATE HONDA DYNASTY (Graywolf Press, USA, & Bloodaxe Books, UK, 2010), and are included in this film by permission of both publishers and the author. Pamela Robertson-Pearce has been filming poets reading their work for Bloodaxe's archive, website and DVD-books. Her first DVD-book, IN PERSON (edited by Neil Astley), was published by Bloodaxe in 2008, including films of 30 poets with an anthology containing all the poems read on the films. Her poetry videos are produced by Neil Astley. More footage from the film of Tony Hoagland will be made available at a later date.