By Michael Hofmann
An event with a roving genius of literary criticism
Michael Hofmann―poet, translator, and highbrow vagabond―has validated himself as one of many keenest critics of up to date literature. thoroughly nestled among the covers of Where have you ever Been?, he deals a hand to lead us and an encouraging whisper in our ear, prime us on a visit via what to learn, find out how to imagine, and why to love. And whereas those essays endure sharp insights that may aid us revisit writers with a clean eye, also they are a narrative of affection among a reader and his precious books.
within the thirty essays accumulated right here, Hofmann brings his signature wit and sustained severe mastery to a poetic, penetrating, and candid dialogue of the writers and artists of the final hundred years. listed below are the fundamental poets with out which modern poetry will be unimaginable―Elizabeth Bishop, "the poets' poets' poet," the "ghostly ability" of Robert Lowell, and the guy he calls the best English poet considering Shakespeare, Ted Hughes. yet he additionally illumines the melancholy of John Berryman and the antics of poetry's bogeyman, Frederick Seidel.
In essays on artwork which are themselves artistic endeavors, Hofmann's agile and exceptional brain explores a panoply of matters from the mastery of translation to the simplest day task for a poet. What those different gemstones percentage are the critic's insatiable interest and nice appeal. Where have you ever Been? is an unmissable trip with literature's so much impossible to resist flaneur.