Poetry. PRESENCE OF LIFE is Eric Hoffman's poetic adaptation of scholar Brad Inwood's original translation of the extant fragments of the Pythagorean Pre-Socratic Empedocles, one of antiquities' most influential thinkers and the last ancient Greek philosopher to have recorded his ideas in verse. Hoffman renders Empedocles' vision into a startlingly modern idiom that repositions the fragments as an ultimately poetic text.
Eric Hoffman is the author of several volumes of poetry and the editor of a number of books on subjects as various as comics, music, and television. Most recently, he edited Conversations with John Berryman (University Press of Mississippi, 2021) and a new critical volume of Philip Pain's Daily Meditations (Spuyten Duyvil, 2021). His articles and essays have appeared in journals worldwide, including American Communist History, The Chicago Review, Fortean Times, Rain Taxi, and Smartish Pace. His translations of the haiku of Ozaki Hōsai were published in Chrysanthemum, Frogpond, and Otoliths. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and son.Author City: VERNON, CT USA