A poem begins with a lump in your throat ~~ Robert Frost


In A Celebration of Healing, Eve Hoffman, Georgia, Jewish, Poetry, Political, Race, Sal Brownfield, Southern History & Culture, Women on August 27, 2010 at 3:16 PM


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She was a scaredy-cat

afraid of howling winds tossing back tin roofs,

of coonhounds braying on full-moon Georgia nights,

of snakes – all of them…

“SHE, a quintet of wind-swept poems, is a compact memoir tracing the steps of a diffident child as she becomes a confident woman who simultaneously follows the rules and pushes the boundaries. She chooses a man who deals in the “uncommon currencies” of bear hugs and laughter, recalls the rumbly-tumbly of her now adult children, shoulders an array of civic duties, accepts—bewildered—widowhood. Love comes again, almost stealthily, then rooted like the trees she celebrates. The fifth poem, a prayer, leads the reader toward the future, acknowledging fear and affirming joy. Lucky reader.”    Paula Bevington, Attorney, civic and business leader, Atlanta


I miss you jumping off the top of the refrigerator

into Dad’s arms, giggling the whole way…

“Eve Hoffman, in SHE, offers us the gift of a rich and deeply-experienced life, a woman’s life seen through the prism of the poet’s craft. In language that’s both lyrical and accessible – the direct language of the everyday lifted to the level of song, of praise – she creates a vibrant and meticulously interwoven narrative that pulls the reader along, and further along, and ever more deeply into the world and the life that this generous poet shares with us. SHE is a work of sustained beauty and creative energy, the kind of beauty and creative energy that can sustain us all.’  Cecilia Woloch, Award-winning poet,  Los Angeles and Paris


Oh Lord

of births and beheading

(for if you are there, you must be God of both)

put your thumb not he scales

of new stars

and the air we breathe.

“Eve Hoffman, SHE, invites us to take a journey into a life unfolding, lovingly experienced with the full range of human emotions. No road maps are needed as we move along her journey, drawn in and moved by the depth and vulnerability of her personal exploration. SHE is a celebration of a complex life shaped by events that define our generation and inform our humanness.”  Dr. Shimon Waldfogel, Psychiatrist , Philadelphia


Contact: Eve Hoffman to arrange readings and book signings.


In A Celebration of Healing, Breast cancer, Eve Hoffman, Sal Brownfield, Women on August 27, 2010 at 2:36 PM

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SAL BROWNFIELD, artist, with EVE HOFFMAN, writer


 A Celebration of Healing   is an art book, a book of stories bringing encouragement and confidence to those impacted by breast cancer and other serious illness.  It is neither a cancer “how to” guide nor a Hallmark card – rather a book giving permission to laugh, to cry, rage and to know one is not alone.  The twenty-one paintings and narratives build bridges between the physical and emotional needs of patients, families, friends and the medical community. They become a part of the healing.

A Celebration of Healing includes a wide range of breast cancer experiences and demographics.  Reader after reader, including those with different kinds of cancer, have commented, I wish I’d had this book when diagnosed.  These are my stories, my stories!  Others have suggested A stack of Celebration  should be in every doctor’s waiting room.

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The power of art in healing, the strength in community. A few Celebration of Healing moments —

  • Members of a breast cancer support group taking photos of each other beside their favorite painting.
  • A woman bringing a friend to the exhibition who had shut down about her diagnosis and opened up when surrounded by the paintings and stories.
  • Pre-K teachers, who with their children, unexpectedly walked past the paintings on the way to a children’s areas and quietly explain that these were people who had been sick and are now much better.  No apologies or embarrassment about nudity.

 A portion of all sales go to breast cancer organizations.

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To arrange readings and/or exhibitions contact:

Sal Brownfield






In Eve Hoffman, Georgia, Jewish, Poetry, Political, Race, Southern History & Culture, Women on March 11, 2010 at 6:00 PM



Mercer University Press

Stories in narrative verse and photographs through the lens of Eve Hoffman’s life as a white, southern, Jewish, Smith College educated woman. Southern culture, race, anti-semitism, agriculture, life of a woman — ranges from loving Guernsey cream to walking into an exhibit of 100 postcards of lynchings.


RED CLAY  is now out of print.


“Eve Hoffman’s is a well-seasoned voice, a storyteller’s voice, the voice of a woman whose girlhood in the south – dirt roads and damp sheets on clotheslines; bombed synagogues and segregation and the Ku Klux Klan – is evoked here, along with her seasons as daughter and mother and wife and widow, in loving detail, in rich remembrance.”   ~~ Cecilia Woloch , Los Angeles and Paris poet.

“An authentic Southern voice with a universal chord, Eve Hoffman’s poetry continues down that remarkable path of great Southern writers before her. In Red Clay she tells of children, parents, a husband, school, tragedy, friendship, war and love. Set against a background of sky and earth, her poetry testifies to the enduring power and appeal of place.”  ~~ Jamil Zainaldin, President, Georgia Humanities Council