Praise for Second Empire

"Through variations on the sonnet, Hofmann obsesses over what has been, in a debut collection that feels like a lost manuscript of early modernism, with its insecurities over lust and love and history, where emotion becomes an object to fear and respect." (Publishers Weekly)


Selected poems

"Book of Statues," Academy of American Poets

"Sacred and Profane Love," Kenyon Review

"Idyll," The New Yorker

"Egyptian Cotton," Lambda Literary Review

"Birthday," Academy of American Poets

"Die Krähe," Bennington Review

"Children of the Sun," Prodigal

"Fresco," Poetry

Richie Hofmann in Copenhagen

"Known for its lush language and architectures, and exploration of artifice and queer desire, his poetry has been compared to Hart Crane's."

—Poetry Foundation