9th Ave: Richie Hofmann with Aria Aber

Thursday, March 3, 2022 - 7:00pm

Cover of Richie Hofmann's A Hundred Lovers. The background is black, and there is an ancient statue of a nude male torso in profile in the center. The statue has no head, arms, or legs. The title and author name are in a lower case, serif font on the right side of the cover.
Join us on Thursday, March 3 at 7pm PT when Richie Hofmann celebrates his new collection, A Hundred Lovers, with Aria Aber at 9th Ave!

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Praise for A Hundred Lovers
“A book of love poems that consciously and subversively hearken back to Shakespeare’s sonnets, marking Hofmann’s position as one of our necessary poets of erotic desire. These short lyrics come together in their discussion of geography, painting, sculpture, and classical music as if to say that love (that queer love!) is indeed as immortal as a poem. Or as Hofmann himself writes, ‘There is so much to say. It may take until night.’” —Jericho Brown, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Tradition

“This is a book you take in with your feeling body; it’s full of textures and scents, redolent with music and art. The speaker of these poems, hungry for beauty and brutality, seeks out connection while haunted by the inviolable singleness of the self. One finds an almost lost tradition channeled in these brilliant poems, and also a sensibility that makes tradition startlingly new.” —Garth Greenwell

“Richie Hofmann chisels the excess away, brings to light splendid language. His formal intelligence is ravishing, restless. Crackling with vows and disavowals, studded with keen and elegant imagery, simultaneously raw and curated, his poems remind us the flesh is as curious as the mind. A Hundred Lovers is an unflinching and radiant book.” —Eduardo C. Corral

About A Hundred Lovers
An erotic journal in poems, from a rising star in the American poetry scene, author of the highly acclaimed collection Second Empire.

A Hundred Lovers is a catalog of encounters, sublime, steamy, and frank. Inspired by French autofiction, the poems feel both sharp and diaristic; their lyrical, intimate world brings us everyday scenes imbued with sex. ”Eros enters, where shame had lived," the speaker observes, as the poems explore risk and appetite, promiscuity and violence, and, in the wake of his marriage, questions about monogamy and desire.
Bringing us both the carefully knotted silk ties of the wedding pair and their undress in a series of Hockney-like interiors where passion colors every object, Hofmann speaks plainly of the saliva, tears, and guts of the carnal, just as he does of the sublime in works of art. A Hundred Lovers invites us to consider our own memories of pleasure and pain, which fill the generous white space the poet leaves open to us between his ravishing lines.

About Richie Hofmann
Richie Hofmann
’s new book of poems, A Hundred Lovers, is forthcoming from Knopf in 2022. He is the author of Second Empire (2015), and his poetry appears recently in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The Yale Review. He teaches at Stanford University.

About Aria Aber
Aria Aber
is based in Oakland, CA. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review, The Poetry Review and elsewhere. She is the author of Hard Damage, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and a Whiting Award. She is currently a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. She can be found on instagram as @ariahowever and on Twitter as @ariaaber.

A Hundred Lovers: Poems By Richie Hofmann Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593320983
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: Knopf - February 8th, 2022

An erotic journal in poems, from a rising star in the American poetry scene, author of the highly acclaimed collection Second Empire.

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