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by Richard Hoffman

            That tiny gnat
                        of an angel,

of consequence,

at your ear.

                        Those you loved
            the lies they told,

so flight
            is treason.


            on the threshold,

                        that tiny gnat

            does his best
to evade
                        your hand.


Richard Hoffman is the author of seven books, including the celebrated Half the House: a Memoir, published in a Twentieth-Anniversary Edition last year, and the 2014 memoir Love & Fury. His work, both prose and verse, has appeared regularly for the past forty years in such journals as Consequence, Harvard Review, The Literary Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. A former chair of PEN New England, he is senior writer in residence at Emerson College. (4/2017)

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