By Michael Hofmann
An experience with a roving genius of literary criticism
Michael Hofmann―poet, translator, and highbrow vagabond―has verified himself as one of many keenest critics of up to date literature. correctly nestled among the covers of Where have you ever Been?, he bargains a hand to steer us and an encouraging whisper in our ear, major us on a visit via what to learn, the best way to imagine, and why to love. And whereas those essays undergo 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 gathered right here, Hofmann brings his signature wit and sustained severe mastery to a poetic, penetrating, and candid dialogue of the writers and artists of the final hundred years. listed below are the crucial poets with out which modern poetry will be unimaginable―Elizabeth Bishop, "the poets' poets' poet," the "ghostly ability" of Robert Lowell, and the guy 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 paintings which are themselves artistic endeavors, Hofmann's agile and terrific brain explores a panoply of topics from the mastery of translation to the easiest day task for a poet. What those diversified gemstones percentage 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.