By Michael Hofmann
An experience with a roving genius of literary criticism
Michael Hofmann―poet, translator, and highbrow vagabond―has validated himself as one of many keenest critics of up to date literature. accurately nestled among the covers of Where have you ever Been?, he bargains a hand to steer us and an encouraging whisper in our ear, best us on a visit via what to learn, easy methods to imagine, and why to love. And whereas those essays endure sharp insights that might aid us revisit writers with a clean eye, also they are a narrative of affection among a reader and his precious books.
within the thirty essays amassed the following, Hofmann brings his signature wit and sustained serious mastery to a poetic, penetrating, and candid dialogue of the writers and artists of the final hundred years. listed here are the essential poets with out which modern poetry will be unimaginable―Elizabeth Bishop, "the poets' poets' poet," the "ghostly ability" of Robert Lowell, and the fellow he calls the best English poet in view that Shakespeare, Ted Hughes. yet he additionally illumines the melancholy of John Berryman and the antics of poetry's bogeyman, Frederick Seidel.
In essays on artwork which are themselves artistic endeavors, Hofmann's agile and significant brain explores a panoply of matters from the mastery of translation to the simplest day activity for a poet. What those assorted gemstones proportion are the critic's insatiable interest and nice attraction. Where have you ever Been? is an unmissable trip with literature's such a lot impossible to resist flaneur.