Spring 2010 • Vol. XXXII No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 2010 |

Long Poems

Translated from German by Michael Hofmann   Normal Tell him to hold the fork in his left hand and the knife in his right. No accommodation for hemiplegics. Caution The chestnuts are flowering. I take cognizance of the fact, but refrain from expressing an opinion. Sanguine I have a reader in Salonika, and another in Bad Nauheim. That makes two already. Chinese Whispers for Each Year I'll whisper the first of January in your ear. Pass it on, I'll wait. Provisional Downgrading of Certain Pitiable Trees Acacias are not contemporary. Acacias are negligible in sociological terms. Acacias are not acacias. Paper Age The paterfamilias keeps documents and watercolors in cardboard rolls. A lucky chance, in the view of future scholars, but it was simple prudence. Contribution to the Dante Anniversary Chandler is dead and so is Dashiell Hammett. I'd sooner not binge on evil and read Dante. Ode to Nature We have our suspicions o

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Michael Hofmann is a poet and translator from the German. He teaches at the University of Florida in Gainesville. His translation of Alfred Doblin's novel Berlin Alexanderplatz is just out from NYRB Classics. He has a new book of poems One Lark, One Horse, due next spring from Farrar, Straus; Angina Days, his translations from Eich, appeared in 2008 from Princeton University Press.

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