By The Hours by Eric Hoffman

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“The particularities of a deeply felt life are brought into focus in Eric Hoffman’s lovingly and carefully worked language” – Burt Kimmelman

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Book Description

  • Kind: Perfectbound
  • Pages: 84
  • Language: English
  • Published: April 2013
  • ISBN:  978-1-933675-96-1

Praise for By The Hours

The poems presented in this collection represent over a decade of work, including poetry previously published in long out-of-print and difficult to find chapbooks and self-published collections, newly revised for this edition, uncollected poems from obscure journals and ezines, and a selection of new poems. Together, they present the development of a singular voice and vision in poetry.

The particularities of a deeply felt life are brought into focus in Eric Hoffman’s lovingly and carefully worked language – its handsome and quiet music, set down as a tangible event within the flow of time.  Burt Kimmelman

An Excerpt from By The Hours

The angel of history is propelled
on the storm winds of catastrophe –

The voices recovered,
the voices redeemed –

That lost, Adamic tongue,
secretly beneath all language,
whose presence makes possible
the impossible
act of translation –

Perhaps
the greatest philosopher
is the collector of books,
the frequenter of emporiums
and arcades, of
illuminations,
the precisions of hermetic symbolism,
of white magic –

Waiting has a way
of keeping one alive,
an initiative aimed at a miracle,

an infinite amount
but not for us –

About the Author

Eric HoffmanERIC HOFFMAN is the author of ten volumes of poetry, the most recent being THE AMERICAN EYE (2011) published by Dos Madres Press, and of OPPEN: A NARRATIVE (2013), a critical study of poet George Oppen, published by Shearsman. Together with Dominick Grace, he co-edited two volumes of the University Press of Mississippi Conversations with Comic Artists series, DAVE SIM: CONVERSATIONS and CHESTER BROWN: CONVERSATIONS (both 2013). He lives in Connecticut.