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Poetry, Memoir, & Fiction by Richard Hoffman

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I have seen the light

I have seen the light

March 1, 2018

I’m a law-abiding American patriot, a sportsman, and a firm believer in the 2nd amendment, but I’m turning in my M24 Chaffee tank.  

SUPER BOWL SONNET

February 9, 2018

SUPER BOWL SONNET Advertising is the opposite of art. Advertising is the opposite of art. Advertising is the opposite of art. Advertising is the opposite of art. Advertising is the opposite of art. Advertising is the opposite of art. Advertising is the opposite of art. Advertising is the opposite of art. The opposite of advertising […]

Addiction kills. Period.

Addiction kills. Period.

January 28, 2018

My mother never got to be this feisty old grandmother because she could not quit administering this poison to herself. The irony here is a cruel joke.

“Late Capitalism” (from my notebook)

January 15, 2018

LATE CAPITALISM In Las Vegas, for a dollar, you can see a million dollars under glass. A million people pay a dollar every year to see it.

Nazim Hikmet. On Living

January 11, 2018

On Living I Living is no laughing matter: you must live with great seriousness like a squirrel, for example– I mean without looking for something beyond and above living, I mean living must be your whole occupation. Living is no laughing matter: you must take it seriously, so much so and to such a degree […]

Cornelia Street Cafe 12/10, 6pm

Cornelia Street Cafe 12/10, 6pm

December 3, 2017

  Dear friends in New York or friends who might be in New York this weekend or friends who have New York friends: I’ll be reading at Cornelia Street Cafe on Sunday, 12/10, at 6pm with poets D. Nurkse, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and Philip Fried. Do come. Bring friends. Tell friends. TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST […]

Richard Hoffman is author of the memoirs Half the House and Love & Fury; the poetry collections, Without Paradise; Gold Star Road, winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the 2008 Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club; Emblem; and most recently Noon until Night. A fiction writer as well, his Interference & Other Stories was published in 2009. A former Chair of PEN New England, he is Senior Writer in Residence at Emerson College. To inquire about readings, conferences, courses, and speaking engagements, please click below.

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Terrance Hayes, Poet and educator. Winner of the National Book Award

If Anton Chekhov returned as a modern-day poet, Richard Hoffman would be his name. His poems reverberate with the same lucid witness and precision. Bridging histories local and cultural, they draw on literary traditions while simultaneously heralding experiment and invention.

Terrance Hayes, Poet and educator. Winner of the National Book Award
Patricia Smith American poet, Spoken-word performer, playwright, author, and writing teacher. Winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. 

Richard Hoffman is a fiercely gifted poet whose stanzas revel in the infinite possibilities of language, and jolt, surprise, and satisfy at every turn. This is work to be savored and embraced.

Patricia Smith American poet, Spoken-word performer, playwright, author, and writing teacher. Winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. 
Afaa Michael Weaver,  Poet, fiction writer, and editor. Winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry 

Hoffman is the poet traveling our nightmare of now, our descent into a lack of love for one another, but along the way he finds etchings of hope on the walls.

Afaa Michael Weaver, Poet, fiction writer, and editor. Winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry