By Daniel G. Hoffman 1923–2013
Today the sun rose, as it used to do
When its mission was to shine on you.
Since in unrelenting dark you're gone,
What now can be the purpose of  the sun?

Source: Poetry (October 2007).


This poem originally appeared in the October 2007 issue of Poetry magazine

October 2007
 Daniel G. Hoffman


Former poet leaureat of the United States, Daniel G. Hoffman was born in New York City. After serving in the Army Air Corps, Hoffman earned a BA, an MA, and a PhD from Columbia University.

Hoffman's first collection, An Armada of Thirty Whales (1954), was chosen for the Yale Series of Younger Poets by W.H. Auden, who noted that it marked “a new direction for nature poetry in the post-Wordsworthian world.”  Hoffman went on to . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Separation & Divorce, Nature, Stars, Planets, Heavens

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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