By Michael Hofmann Michael Hofmann
It's all right   
Unless you're either lonely or under attack.   
That strange effortful
Repositioning of yourself. Laundry, shopping,   
Hours, the telephone—unless misinformed—
Only ever ringing for you, if it ever does.   
The night—yours to decide,
Among drink, or books, or lying there.
On your back, or curled up.

An embarrassment of poverty.

Source: Poetry (June 2008).


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

June 2008
 Michael  Hofmann


Michael Hofmann’s newest book is Where Have You Been? Selected Essays (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014).

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