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Published: Sat Jul 1 2017
Art: Paul TheriaultEver New (detail), 2022, acrylic and found paper on scavenged wood
Hurricane

An old gray oak
downed in the street.
I was five. Fallen
on its side, impossible

roots above me.
In the street, a wire
twitched and sparked.

I was lifted up
on someone’s shoulders.

All in one memory all I need.

Richard Hoffman is the author of seven books, including the celebrated Half the House: a Memoir, recently published in a Twentieth-Anniversary Edition (New Rivers Press, 2015), and the memoir Love & Fury (Beacon Press, 2014). In addition to the collection Interference and Other Stories, he has published four volumes of poetry: Without Paradise; Gold Star Road, winner of the Barrow Street Pres Poetry Prize and the Sheila Motton Award from The New England Poetry Club; Emblem; and Noon until Night. His work, both prose and verse, has appeared regularly for the past forty years in such journals as AGNI, Barrow Street, Consequence, Harvard Review, The Hudson Review, The Literary Review, Poetry, Witness, and elsewhere. A former chair of PEN New England, he is senior writer in residence at Emerson College and adjunct assistant professor of creative writing at Columbia University. (updated 10/2018)

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