R. Joseph Hoffmann


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R. Joseph Hoffmann is a prominent historian of religion who specializes in the in the religious history of the ancient Near East and diachronic linguistics. He began writing poetry when he was sixteen. Influenced by both classical writers and modern poets ranging from Wallace Stevens to Theodore Roethke, his poetry shows a preference for the natural rhythms of spoken English to artificially ... more »

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To A Virgin (Upon Her Birthday 2013)

If anger were thirst
We could slake it with beer;
If best were the worst
All our goals would be near.
If passion were feathers
I’d fly to your nest
And ravish your nethers
And give you no rest,
Then mount you like Pegasus
The lord of the night
And ride you to Ephesus,
And teach you to bite.
And make you my pupil
In matters unspoken
With nary a scruple
Until you are broken.

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