Broken Laws

Broken Laws

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 140 x 220mm | 127g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • 0195012461
  • 9780195012460

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Brief lyric poems - clever little arrests of perception and variations on a theme expressed in a single clumping line that just may not be too serious: "The hand that ordained Chaos made the Forms." Ideal fulfillments which we seek by light which "slips through the panes of dream windows" are "almost deciphered on/ This air we breathe." The poet achieves a fluid circumspection in the pursuit of cave shadows in poems of war and violence, love and loving. Hoffman's poems often spin neatly on an image, although some grind down into an expedient tired coda ("across the day's unwitting smile"). But these are in general lively, salient, agile. (Kirkus Reviews)show more