Highly anticipated, this is the first new collection of poems in nearly twenty years from German-born poet, essayist and translator.
Michael Hofmann was born in 1957 in Freiburg, Germany, came to England in 1961, and has taught for the past 25 years at the University of Florida. He has published four volumes of poems and a Selected Poems (2008). Awards for poetry include a Cholmondeley Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize; those for his translations include the Independent's Foreign Fiction Award, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the P.E.N./Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize.
Ashes for Breakfast - his translations of Durs Grunbein - appeared in 2005, and Impromptus - his translations of Gottfried Benn - in 2012. His reviews and criticism are gathered in Behind the Lines (2001) and Where Have You Been? (2014). Hofmann edited the Faber Book of 20th Century German Poems, and has made personal selections from the work of Robert Lowell and John Berryman.