Rushdie’s rejoinder to book burning…

(This is from NYRB archives) Salman Rushdie wrote the following in January after a public burning of copies of The Satanic Verses took place in Bradford, West Yorkshire, which has a Muslim population of 50,000. The burning was carried out by a group of Muslims led by the city’s senior imam, or religious leader. The book was […]

A poem for Veterans’ Day

SUITE: IN LIEU OF A LEGACY I lived in one of the great cities along a river spanned by beautiful bridges. Trains ran overhead and underground. Bells rang as if we were still in the old world, trolleys passed, shopkeepers swept the sidewalks or cranked down canvas awnings as before the war. Every few moments […]

Writing about Childhood Sexual Abuse

Posted by rhoff1949 on July 27, 2021 in Featured

I am posting this here as a kind of satellite in orbit around the discussion of Trigger Warnings and Content Advisories over on the Voices of Poetry Facebook page. It’s my contribution to a panel put together by Nikole Brown and including also Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Dorianne Laux, and Kamilah Aisha Moon. The discussion on the […]

A RANT, a prompted piece of prose

Posted by rhoff1949 on June 27, 2021 in Featured

ON A SIGN IN THE STAIRWELL OF THE UNDERGROUND GARAGE Report Suspicious Behavior What is happening? Who is doing it? Where are they doing it? When did you notice it? Why is it suspicious? Recently the stock market broke 34,000 for the first time in history. The Standard & Poor’s Index, the simplest measure we […]

Remembering the Alchemists

Posted by rhoff1949 on June 5, 2021 in Featured

My essay, Remembering the Alchemists, has received a Pushcart Prize. My gratification at the prize was dampened by the fact that when it was announced my friend the poet Mosab Abu Toha and his wife and 3 young children were hiding in the crawl space under their home in Gaza while F-16s made in the U.S.A. […]

“Geographies of Justice”

Posted by rhoff1949 on May 1, 2021 in Featured

I am so proud to have work in this remarkable issue of About Place Journal, a publication of The Black Earth Institute, a progressive think-tank devoted to the intersection of social justice, environmentalism, and spirituality. This issue, “Geographies of Justice” is edited by Alexis Lathem, along with Charles Coe and Richard Cambridge. In her Editor’s […]

This Saturday evening, join me and four other remarkable writers and activists.

Richard Cambridge’s Poet’s Theater will present four writers whose work appears in the new issue of About Place, “Geographies of Justice.” About Place is the twice yearly journal of The Black Earth Institute, a progressive think-tank. REGISTER AND GET YOUR TICKET HERE to what will be a fabulous evening, including an open-ended discussion with all […]

Three paintings

Yesterday, I procrastinated three paintings worth. I woke in the morning, made a list of the things I had to do, then decided I’d rather paint. The list remains intact.

Remembering the Alchemists

Here is my most recent essay, from the current issue of Consequence: An International Literary Magazine Focusing on the Culture and Consequences of War.