Hoffman, Richie 2015

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
with Erika L. Sánchez
Chicago Cultural Center


We always arrived late,
sometimes in masks. You wore a sword
at your side. The heads that watched
our little pageant were busts of the great composers
and not men lined up for the executions.

– Richie Hoffman, “At The Palais Garnier”

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DIVEDAPPER // Richie Hofmann

“The world has already written the poem.”

 Didn’t rain choke the animal throats
of the cathedral      sputter
against the roofs of the city      didn’t the flight
of stairs rise up above the cobbled street
didn’t the key clamor
in the lock 

– Richie Hoffman, “Keys to the City”

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Listen to Richie Hoffman read one of his poems:

The Adroit Journal – Issue Nine: Richie Hofmann

Richie Hofmann Second Empire, is winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award and is forthcoming from Alice James Books in 2015. He is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and his poems appear in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and Poetry.

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