Michael Hofmann

'Cyndi Lauper', a new poem by Michael Hofmann

Michael Hofmann
27 November 2018

June 22

And many happy returns of the day to Cyndi Lauper, 65,
once said to ‘dress funny’ and her voice likened to ‘rat’ (or ‘rat’s’),

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Philip Mead reviews 'One Lark, One Horse' by Michael Hofmann

Philip Mead
27 November 2018

Michael Hofmann’s home territory is language, while his life is extraterritorial. He was born in Germany, went to school in England, now lives in Germany, but teaches in North America. H More

Joachim Redner reviews 'Berlin Alexanderplatz' by Alfred Döblin, translated by Michael Hofmann

Joachim Redner
24 May 2018

Revered in Germany as one of the founders of literary modernism, the equal of Robert Musil and Thomas Mann, Alfred Döblin (1878–1957) has remained something of a mystery to English read More

Michael Hofmann reviews 'Ted Hughes' by Jonathan Bate

Michael Hofmann
17 December 2015

I can readily see that I am not the intended reader for The Unauthorised Life of Ted Hughes. Born in the year his first book of poems came out (The Hawk in the Rain, 1957); made to read Hughes at school (I preferred Sylvia Plath); a graduate of the same university (Cambridge); my books published by the same publisher (Faber), and sharing (if at all ... More

Books of the Year 2015

Robert Adamson et al.
23 November 2015

Jennifer Maiden's The Fox Petition: New Poems (Giramondo) conjures foxes 'whose eyes were ghosts with pity' and foxes of language that transform the world's headlines

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'Days of 2015' a new poem by Michael Hofmann

Michael Hofmann
28 September 2015
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'Recuerdos de Bundaberg', a new poem by Michael Hofmann

Michael Hofmann
26 June 2013

Did I fly there? I may have flown there.
Maybe in something with the specifications of a crop-duster.
The Sugar Coast. Everything comes with a name. A name and a nickname.More