This Thin Mean

New Selected Poems

Eric Hoffman


ISBN 978-1-949966-25-1      130 pages        $15.00





Collected in this volume of selected poems are three previous collections: Forms of Life, a powerful and stark rumination on human economy, a haunting exploration of the struggle for survival in uncertain times,  inspired by sources as diverse as Malthus and Habakkuk; The Vast Practical Engine, a lyric collage of the philosophy of pragmatism, which utilizes the cadences of Emerson’s godson William James; and Life At Braintree, drawn from the letters of John Adams and alchemized into a series of "spare poems, open to the voices of the American past, [that] wonderfully assume an unexpected richness, a wealth of saying” (Norman Finkelstein). Also included here is a gathering of recent poems and translations of a section of the Book of Isaiah, the haiku of Ozaki Hōsai, and Georg Trakl.


Eric Hoffman’s “sharp-eyed and agile” poems are “teeming with surprise” (Patrick Pritchett) and “deserve to be better and more widely-known” (Eileen Tabios). “The quality of the verse… is undeniable; there are great pleasures to be had in Hoffman’s lines” (Jason Ranek). His poetry manifests a “restless and manifold creativity” (Anthony Rudolf).

Eric Hoffman is the author of several books of poetry, including The Transparent Eye (Spuyten Duyvil, 2016) and Losses of Life (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019). He lives in Connecticut with his wife Robin and son Sailor.