Never for me

Michael Wood

  • Corona, Corona by Michael Hofmann
    Faber, 55 pp, £12.99, September 1993, ISBN 0 571 16962 7

‘I was not myself. I was just anyone.’ The person who says ‘I’ in Michael Hofmann’s earlier poems is uncertain, diffident, angry; he seems both gnarled and youthful, like some hoary child out of Hardy, although rather better treated:

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