December 31st

By Richard Hoffman b. 1949 Richard Hoffman
All my undone actions wander
naked across the calendar,
 
a band of skinny hunter-gatherers,
blown snow scattered here and there,
 
stumbling toward a future
folded in the New Year I secure
 
with a pushpin: January’s picture
a painting from the 17th century,
 
a still life: Skull and mirror,
spilled coin purse and a flower.

Richard Hoffman, “December 31st” from Emblem. Copyright © 2011 by Richard Hoffman. Reprinted by permission of Barrow Street Press.

Source: Emblem (Barrow Street Press, 2011)

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Poet Richard Hoffman b. 1949

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Living, Life Choices, Time & Brevity, Nature, Winter, Arts & Sciences, Painting & Sculpture

Holidays New Year

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 Richard  Hoffman

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Poet and teacher Richard Hoffman earned a BA in English from Fordham University and an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. He is the author of the poetry collections Without Paradise: Poems (2002) and Gold Star Road (2007), which was selected by Molly Peacock for the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and won the Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club. 

Hoffman is also the author of the memoir Half the House . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Life Choices, Time & Brevity, Nature, Winter, Arts & Sciences, Painting & Sculpture

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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