RIP Daniel Hoffman 1923-2013

Poet Laureate Daniel Hoffman Courtesy of Kelly Writers House

Poet Laureate Daniel Hoffman Courtesy of Kelly Writers House

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Poet Laureate Daniel Hoffman with FCR Poetry Editor Diane Sahms-Guarnieri at The Edgar Allan Poe House in Philadelphia 2009

Poet Laureate Daniel Hoffman with FCR Poetry Editor Diane Sahms-Guarnieri at The Edgar Allan Poe House in Philadelphia 2009

Obituary by John Timpane: http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/20130401_Daniel_G__Hoffman

Daniel Hoffman’s website: http://www.danielghoffman.info/

From Nathalie Anderson

Friends, I write with sad news that many of you will have already heard, that Daniel Hoffman has died.  In addition to his shining career as a scholar and a poet, Dan has been a mentor to many of us in this area, and I know you’ll share my sorrow at his passing.  You’ll recall that the on-line magazine Per Contra has just published a series of brief essays and recollections celebrating his 90th birthday, which according to Wikipedia would have been this Wednesday, April 3.  Here’s a link to the Per Contra tributes, which will remind you vividly of Dan’s complexities:

http://www.percontra.net/issues/27/nonfiction/hoffman/

and here’s a link to his Wikipedia page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Hoffman

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One response to “RIP Daniel Hoffman 1923-2013

  1. SPEAKING WITH DANIEL G. HOFFMAN, WHO IS IN DIRE SICKNESS
    (2012)

    God writes the world—the world’s alive with God
    “The world is charged with the grandeur of God”

    You can shake it out—“like shining from shook foil.”
    The world’s a vale of trouble and of toil
    Divine hand shapes, though it may rot and spoil.

    “The end is near,” said Dan—not world, but Dan.
    Why should God will the unmaking of a man?

    “Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay
    Do not go gentle”—is it a “good night”?

    “Goodbye” means “God be with you,” but God’s the reason
    We last barely longer than a season

    “Pardon, great enemy”—God brings the night
    And brings the light that follows on the night.

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