Night

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).

 Michael  Hofmann

Biography

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 Social Commentaries, Money & Economics

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