Poetry. Two points of reference may be useful for orienting readers to the sequence of short works that comprise Nick Hoff's first book of poetry: the poetry of Paul Celan and the cinematic long take—a prolonged perceptual image that's presented with its own movement. These extended lyric moments have the austerity of Celan's, and also something of their innovative verbal intensity. But their emotional register is quite different; it almost invariably surrenders to beauty. The beauty is that of the quotidian miniscule, not the romantic sublime—and it is all the more wonderful for that.
Nick Hoff is a writer, translator, and bookseller. SOME ONES is his first book of poetry. Odes and Elegies, his translation of Friedrich Holderlin's poetry, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2008. A translation of Michael Donhauser's Of Things, undertaken with Andrew Joron, was published by Burning Deck Press in 2016. off lives and works in San Francisco. Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA