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October 12, 2016

Book of Statues

Richie Hofmann

About This Poem


“I was eleven years old when Matthew Shepard was murdered in 1998; he died on the twelfth of October. Around the same time, I was working on a school project on Italian Renaissance sculptures, so many of which depict male nudes. These two events are linked in my mind, as I think it was the first time I began to glimpse the costs of being a body that desires.”
—Richie Hofmann


Richie Hofmann is the author of Second Empire (Alice James Books, 2015). He teaches at Emory University and divides his time between Atlanta and Chicago.

Poetry by Hofmann


Second Empire

(Alice James Books, 2015) 

"Heaven for Stanley" by Mark Doty


"My Lover Is a Woman" by Pat Parker


"Magdalen Walks" by Oscar Wilde




Launched during National Poetry Month in 2006, Poem-a-Day features new and previously unpublished poems by contemporary poets on weekdays and classic poems on weekends.

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