Poetry. PRESENCE OF LIFE is Eric Hoffman's poetic adaptation of scholar Brad Inwood's original translation of the extant fragments of the Pythagorean Pre-Socratic Empedocles, one of antiquities' most influential thinkers and the last ancient Greek philosopher to have recorded his ideas in verse. Hoffman renders Empedocles' vision into a startlingly modern idiom that repositions the fragments as an ultimately poetic text.
Eric Hoffman is the author of several collections of poetry, including Losses of Life (2018) and The Transparent Eye (2016) (both Spuyten Duyvil), and PRESENCE OF LIFE (2018), FORMS OF LIFE (2015), BY THE HOURS (2013), and THE AMERICAN EYE (2011), published by Dos Madres Press. He is the author of Oppen: A Narrative, the biography of poet George Oppen (Shearsman, 2013, revised and expanded US edition Spuyten Duyvil, 2018), editor of Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah: Essays on the Epic Graphic Satire of Dave Sim and Gerhard (McFarland, 2012), co-editor (with Dominick Grace) of Approaching Twin Peaks: Essays on the Original Series (McFarland, 2017), The Canadian Alternative: Cartoonists, Comics, and Graphic Novels (2017), Seth: Conversations (2015), Chester Brown: Conversations (2013), and Dave Sim: Conversations (2013), with Grace and Jason Sacks of Jim Shooter: Conversations (2017), and with Nina Goss of Tearing the World Apart: Bob Dylan and the 21st Century (2017), all published by the University Press of Mississippi. He lives in Connecticut with his wife Robin and son Sailor. He lives in Connecticut with his wife Robin and son Sailor.