“The delicate arc of these poems intimates—rather than tells—a love story: celebration, fear of loss, storm, abandonment, an opening forth... Mastering directness and indirection, Hofmann’s poems break through their own beauty.”

—Rosanna Warren

“Even more seductive than the preternatural elegance of these poems is the fact that Richie Hofmann inhabits that elegance truly as a style, a way of perceiving the world in which clarity and ornament are the same thing."

—James Longenbach


"...these taut poems face fear and desire unflinchingly; they are poised, supple, and unnervingly alert.”

—Mary Szybist