“Late Capitalism” (from my notebook)

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

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

  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 […]

PN Review: “The truth, however it may manifest itself, is what Richard Hoffman is after in his prose and poetry…”

PN Review: “The truth, however it may manifest itself, is what Richard Hoffman is after in his prose and poetry…”

From PN Review 238, Volume 44 #2, November – December 2017. Living in the World M.G. Stephens Richard Hoffman, Noon until Night (Barrow Street Press) $16.95; Richard Hoffman, Love & Fury (Beacon Press) $16.00 Twenty years ago, Richard Hoffman was the author of a singular memoir, Half the House, and no other book publications. In that score […]

Good Friday

Good Friday

  He’s gone to find the animal who tells the story that destroys us; he wants to interview the angel with the teeth;   unearth disfigured miniature intaglios: clay dolls of heroes, words burnt into buried stones, the molds for masks we   memorized and wear for worship, somber and nodding and simpler than we […]

Tonight

Tonight

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HORIZON: November 14, 2016

HORIZON: November 14, 2016

  A giant copper moon flares on the lake in the early dark, and on the car radio, talk. Talk trying to chew despair. Talk about fear to hide fear. Talk about talk about talk. Fifty cents, a dollar a word. It is all just talk   until it isn’t. A day may come soon […]

Winter Psalm

Winter Psalm

The snow storm today inspires me to post this poem again, from Emblem: WINTER PSALM Boston snowbound, Logan closed, snowplows and salt-trucks flashing yellow, drifts tall as a man some places, visibility poor, I sit by the window and watch the snow   blow sideways north-northeast, hot cup in hand, robe over pajamas. You have […]

Our Man in Boston 12/21/15

Robert Birnbaum, who has conversed with many more illustrious persons and personages than yours truly, recorded our colloquy on his popular site OUR MAN IN BOSTON. Our meandering, not to say rambling, conversation is HERE:  His previous posting included book recommendations from a number of readers, including me. I think his whole enterprise of gathering, […]

ASSAY: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, special conference issue

ASSAY: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, special conference issue Included in this remarkable issue is the panel, Confronting Our Fears: Turning Adversity Into Art, in which I participated along with Jo-Scott Coe, Meredith Hall, Renee D’Aoust, and Michael Steinberg from the program: “Seasoned memoirists know that writing about our personal misfortunes, fears, and demons can […]