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 […]

Also in the current issue of The Manhattan Review

SUFFERANCE Rain, rain, go on   and rain. I’ve been given this time by my mother. I’ve known about water forever, and fear is no stranger either.   Rain. Go on. Rain. The fires burn   no matter what I do, the fires of my fathers, and will sear me one day, maybe soon, and also […]


This poem appears in the current issue of The Manhattan Review, Vol. 17, No. 1: LIBERA NOS A MALO              (for Mark Ludwig) 1. A friend halfway around the world refers to his home as his motherland. His email asks me to understand,   but half a century in that last century purged for me […]

PEN/ACLU event. “Something to Hide” Kirsch Auditorium, MIT, 21 October 2015

This is one of the texts I read at last night’s PEN/ACLU program. It is shocking on so many levels: This is a reading from Hemingway’s friend and biographer, A.E. Hotchner: an excerpt from his essay in the New York Times in 2011. It speaks for itself. In November 1959 I went out West for […]

AGNI 82 Release Party, Boston Playwright’s Theatre, October 20th, 7:30

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave, Boston (Green Line B, Pleasant St.) AGNI celebrates its EIGHTY-SECOND issue with readings by: Gjertrud Schnackenberg: Winner of the Rome Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters; author of six poetry collections, including most recently Heavenly Questions. Sándor […]

Half the House is turning 20!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Classic memoir, Half the House, published in a 20th Anniversary Edition, with a new introduction by Louise DeSalvo. This October marks the 20th anniversary of the original publication of Richard Hoffman’s groundbreaking memoir, Half the House, the first literary memoir to explore the experience and consequences of boyhood sexual assault. Years before […]

South-South Institute 3

Posted by rhoff1949 on June 1, 2015 in Featured

At the final plenary session of the Institute last Monday, I had planned to read three poems. I chose, at the last moment, to read only two. We were ready to project this Rembrandt painting behind me as I read, but I thought better of it. The conference was winding down, and the poem is […]

South-South Institute 2

Posted by rhoff1949 on May 30, 2015 in Featured

When I arrived here in Cambodia, I thought to report on my comings and goings as if it were a vacation trip. The fact is that I have been entirely focused on the Institute’s sessions, including my own workshop and reading, and I’m just now able to even begin digesting the rich colloquy and moving […]