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Journal of American Foreign Policy (First Book) Paperback – April 1, 2011


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These poems address the deep split between public and private reality. The titles and narratives seem to play with violent events. Names of massacre sites get mixed in with personal retrospect. Public terror blends with private fear. The effect is an ambitious, lyrical evocation of the dream-like state in which so many people apprehend so much of the world. In the end, these are poems about loneliness, language and self-discovery. And this is a fine and ambitious first collection. --Eavan Boland

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“The way memory and grief and love compose the stories that enable us to go on living. The toxic mix of innocence and inadvertence, wishfulness and making-do that comes to look like purpose. Which on the scale of nations we call ‘policy.’ These brilliant poems have leverage on it all: micro- and macro- and the sorry, human mess we too often make of both. They also have so masterful a way with idiom and timing that even the sternest insight is leavened with a measure of joy. Tonic intelligence, exhilarating craftsmanship: Jeff Hoffman’s fine first book is a gift to us all.” (Linda Gregerson)
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