The Years

By Michael Hofmann Michael Hofmann
Nothing required an account of me   
And still I didn't give one.

I might have been a virtual casualty,   
A late victim of the Millennium Bug.

No spontaneity, no insubordination,   
Not even any spare capacity.

Source: Poetry (June 2008).

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This poem originally appeared in the June 2008 issue of Poetry magazine

June 2008
 Michael  Hofmann

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Michael Hofmann’s annotated translation of Joseph Roth’s letters was just published by W.W. Norton; Impromptus, his Gottfried Benn translations, is expected later this year from Farrar, Straus & Giroux

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire, Social Commentaries

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