Hugely prolific and influential as a translator, Hofmann has translated more than 70 books from German, including works by Hans Fallada, Franz Kafka, Ernst Jünger, Joseph Roth, and Wim Wenders. He is the editor of the anthologies After Ovid: New Metamorphoses (1994) and Twentieth Century German Poetry (2006). A critic as well as a translator, Hofmann regularly publishes reviews and essays in the London Review of Books and Poetry magazine. His essays have been collected in two volumes, Behind the Lines: Pieces on Writing and Pictures (2002) and Where Have You Been? (2014).
Hofmann is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for his poetry and translations, including a Cholmondeley Award, an IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize, an Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and a Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Deutsche Akademie der Künste, Hofmann teaches full time at the University of Florida.
Poems By MICHAEL HOFMANN
Translated By Michael Hofmann
- A Shadow on the Wall | Translator's Notes
- Asters | Translator's Notes
- Beautiful Youth | Translator's Notes
- Can Be No Sorrow | Translator's Notes
- Caryatid | Translator's Notes
- Divergences | Translator's Notes
- Dreams | Translator's Notes
- Evenings of Certain Lives | Translator's Notes
- Express Train | Translator's Notes
- Fragments 1953 | Translator's Notes
- Gladioli | Translator's Notes
- Hymn | Translator's Notes
- Jena | Translator's Notes
- Last Spring | Translator's Notes
- Left the House | Translator's Notes
- Little Aster | Translator's Notes
- Our Motorbike
- People Met | Translator's Notes
- Static Poems | Translator's Notes
- The Beggars | Translator's Notes
- The Young Hebbel | Translator's Notes
- They Are Human After All | Translator's Notes
- Think of the Unsatisfied Ones | Translator's Notes
- Threat | Translator's Notes
- Tracing | Translator's Notes
- Why Live Without Writing
Articles By MICHAEL HOFMANN
- A Dead Necktie
- Big Les!
Les Murray’s “black dog.”
- Curried Dragon
Diagnosing a fractured family.
- Disorder and Early Sorrow
A taste at the edge of memory.
- Into the Abeyance
- Manifesto of the Flying Mallet
Second in a series of eight manifestos.
- More Featherishly Purple
Ian Hamilton’s Collected Poems.
- Sharp Biscuit — Some Thoughts on Translating
Notes from a guilty business.
- So Goddamn Glamorous
Frederick Seidel is a meat-slicing machine.
- The Linebacker and the Dervish
Lowell stormed the literary world; while Bishop orbited its periphery. On closely reading their collected letters, a poet and critic uncovers a new way to read their mythologized friendship.
- The Woman Who Quit
Articles About MICHAEL HOFMANN
Audio & PodcastsThe Poetry Magazine Podcast
The Dark Has No Teeth
Poems by D. Nurkse, Rae Armantrout, Averill Curdy, and Michael Hofmann, plus Tom Sleigh's take on Thom Gunn.
February 2015: "The Woman Who Quit"
The editors discuss new poems by Alice Lyons, Sally Wen Mao, and Elizabeth Willis; plus Michael Hofmann on the enigmatic Rosemary Tonks.
Why Live Without Writing?
New poems from Robert Hass, Sam Willetts, and Martha Zweig, plus Michael Hofmann on German poet Durs Grünbein.
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