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O

by Richard Hoffman


There's a moment of such pain
beside an open grave,
when someone must hold you up,

when the only difference that matters
is between the living and the dead:

            Could we remember, O,
            what hatred could prevail?

 

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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