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

Archive for August, 2010|Monthly archive page

MEMORY & COMPLICITY coming Spring 2018, Mercer University Press

In Eve Hoffman, Georgia, Jewish, Poetry, Race, Red Clay, Sal Brownfield, Southern History & Culture, Women on August 27, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Scan 2.jpeg

 

We find our own stories in Eve Hoffman’s poetry — affirming, bearing witness both intimate and epic in the time flow of the second half of the 20th century.           ~Paul Root Wolpe, Director, Center for Ethics, Emory University

In Memory & Complicity we feel Georgia red clay under Hoffman’s bare feet on the dairy farm where she grew up; walk with her though an exhibit of one hundred and fifty postcards of lynchings. We see a girl in a yellow dress at the synagogue her great-grandparents founded–- the synagogue bombed four hours later by white racists. We see black-faced jockeys in front yards. We listen to lullabies written in the Nazi concentration camps played on her mother’s piano—and the realization her mother, a fourth generation southern Jew, was pregnant with her as they were being written. We taste sweet-potato pies and feel the wooden pews of churches turning their backs as gay men die. We watch children dive from the top of the refrigerator into their father’s arms and as young adults shovel dirt onto his wooden coffin. We accompany a widow rebuilding her life, finding a Mason jar for fireflies for her grandchildren.

VI. "colored" rest stop Library of Congress.jpg

Eve Hoffman’s book of memories arrives at a conflicted time in American life and culture, and provides much needed insight into the paths that led us here and possibilities for going forward. Her voice provides a rare window into complicated issues of identity, community, social evil and moral possibilities. I hope that you will peer into this unsettling mirror, invited by her lyrical gifts, and begin the process of reflection, dialogue and action to repair a broken world.        ~Robert M. Franklin, President Emeritus, Morehouse College

 

I. Eve and brothers.jpg

 

Contact: Mercer University Press or evehoffman@bellsouth.net to arrange readings.

   

 

Advertisements

SHE Five Oaks Press, available on Amazon or from author

In Eve Hoffman, Georgia, Jewish, Poetry, Race, Sal Brownfield, Southern History & Culture, Women on August 27, 2010 at 2:36 PM

she-cover-amazon

   

 

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. 

 

From SHE–Part One

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…

 

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

 

From Jumping Off the Refrigerator…

I miss you jumping off the top of the refrigerator

into Dad’s arms, giggling the whole way…

 

 

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

 

From Oh Lord…

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.

 


Cover: Lady in Blue in a Chair by Sal Brownfield

Contact: evehoffman@bellsouth.net to arrange readings and book signings. SHE is available on Amazon or from the author.