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SHE

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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Available now at readings or from Amazon

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…

 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 Jumping Off the Refrigerator…

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

 

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.

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

 

Cover: Lady in a Blue  Chair by Sal Brownfield

 

Contact: Eve Hoffman to arrange readings and book signings. SHE is available on Amazon.

FORTHCOMING

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

UPCOMING READING

Sunday, February 19th – 3:00 pm

Fowler YMCA, 5600 W. Jones Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners, GA

(corner Peachtree Corners Circle)

All welcome!


You never know who’ll you meet at a book signing and celebration!

WHO/WHAT/WHERE/WHEN/HOW

to organize and host a reading of SHE and other Eve Hoffman works forthcoming in MEMORY & COMPLICITY, Mercer University Press 2018.

  1. Identify 3 or 4 co-hosts. Don’t need to know Eve.
  2. Locate a place and set time – library, church/synagogue/mosque, someone’s home, bookstore, art gallery, as program for an already scheduled event, e.g. Rotary, be creative. Need access to 30 chairs and parking.
  3. Get e-mail invitation designed specific to your event from Eve or design your own.
  4. Send e-mail invitations with personal note to at least 200-300 people. (Should get approximately 30 show-ups.) Eve will also do e-blast to her list in your area and put info in occasional newsletter if in public place. Can use evite service if need RSVPs. Eve has info.
  5. Re-send invitation and reminder a few days before event.
  6. Organize drinks and light food.
  7. Set up table for sales and signing books

Other bits…

Eve will bring books to the reading. If the event is held in a non-profit, a percentage of sales will be donated to that non-profit. Approximately half hour after starting time (depends on the group) Eve will read for half and hour or so from SHE and other work tailored to audience, e.g. if in SF, will read pieces that reference SF.

Contact: evehoffman@bellsouth.net


MEMORY AND COMPLICITY, Mercer University Press 2018

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Poems that come from Eve Hoffman’s life as white, southern, Jewish, Smith College educated woman (of a certain age!)  Part southern culture, part history, part memoire.


RED CLAY — Out of print

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