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Published by Vintage books, a Division of Random House
New York, (1974)
First Vintage Edition, so stated (paperback format)

"The Center of Attention", Daniel Hoffman's eleventh book should be the center of attention for anyone interested in fine poetry. Hoffman was appointed the 22nd Poet Laureate consultant to the Library of Congress in 1973, the year before "The Center of Attention" was issued. Hoffman's poems are finely wrought, the product of years of refinement of heart and a telling intellect; he is Chancellor Emeritus of the Academy of American Poets. This is a fine collection of poems - Hoffman at his best - which he always is - and here is a sample; blame me if it is not to your taste, don't blame the poet, who sweats out ink to produce what is telling and beautiful:


"The Jews have a Fancy, that when our Almighty Creator bespangled the Heavens with the Stars of Night, he left a Space near the Northern Pole, unfinished, and unfurnished, that if any After-God should lay claim to Deity, a challenge to fill up that space might Eternally confute it." - Cotton Mather

Who keeps His ceaselessly attentive eye
Upon the flight and fall
Of each Polaris through the wide feast-hall
Of the sky,
So like the life of man from dark
To dark in a little space.

Who in this bowling alley spins
Balls of light
At the back of the North Wind
Careening as their plastic skins
Mirror widdershins
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Who flings bright strands of platinum hair
And unpointed needles wandering
Through the frozen stratosphere
In a confusion
Of jagged rays
Until True North is lost,

Who deafens the Aurora Borealis
With climbing fire,
Who spurts with the desire
That blazes and subsides in ashen
Droppings of contagion
After the whirlwind,

Him we beseech
As adepts who would scan and preach
The Providences of His will.
Be done, send us a sign
That we may read
By the shrivelled light of our gelded sun

The sentence of our sufferings.
His blood flames now
Against the Northern sky.
He walks among us, visible.
The next dawn brings
A vacant hour that sacrifice can fill.

Trade paperback; 77 pages; approximately 5 1/4" x 8 1/4"; stiff pictorial wraps, glued (paper covers) - has original price printed on front cover

CONDITION - A bit worn, with general surface rub to cover - has a small discoloration at the fore-edge on rear cover - softly bumped corner tips, else clean and presentable. Interior clean and presentable with but negligible signs of use

Poetry Book, The Center of attention, Poems by Daniel Hoffman - Paperback Edition, 1974 Vintage Books

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