Call Me When You Want to Talk about the Tombstones (Paperback)
Persea, 9780892554898, 96pp.
Publication Date: July 3, 2018
“Hoffman uses research extensively, and it adds a depth and range…that many contemporary poets do not achieve.”—Foreward Reviews
In this book-length poetry sequence, a mother inherits a leather box that was her grandmother’s. Her daughter joins her on a reconstruction of family history. Together they traipse through graveyards and sift through endless photos and clippings, piecing together what used to be in order to understand who they are.
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Praise For Call Me When You Want to Talk about the Tombstones: Poems…
her readers: “What is the exact volume of scrap and residue we must
These poems aren’t so much new as ancient, primal. And yet Hoffman’s surprising language makes them feel like a discovery.
... a necessary book. If life and death are inextricably wound together (and they are) it is impossible to write about
one without at least touching on the other. In this powerful,
scintillating collection, Hoffman tackles both subjects head on,
describing the various outcomes of pregnancy and, occasionally, birth.
Hoffman’s poetry is dense, luscious and strongly narrative...