Call Me When You Want to Talk about the Tombstones: Poems

Call Me When You Want to Talk about the Tombstones: Poems

by Cynthia Marie Hoffman


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“Hoffman uses research extensively, and it adds a depth and range…that many contemporary poets do not achieve.”—Foreward Reviews

In this book-length poetry sequence, a mother inherits a leather box that was her grandmother’s. Her daughter joins her on a reconstruction of family history. Together they traipse through graveyards and sift through endless photos and clippings, piecing together what used to be in order to understand who they are.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892554898
Publisher: Persea Books
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,353,801
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Cynthia Marie Hoffmangrew up in Springfield, Virginia, and received her BA and MFA from George Mason University. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She is the author of Paper Doll Fetus (2014), and Sightseer (2011), which won the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry.

Table of Contents

This Is Your Family Tree 1

Samuel and Kittle Really Are the Main People 13

Fire 23

I Only Know What Is in the Pictures and in the Pictures No One Is Moving. Everyone Is Still 39

I Love You Mary Wilson 51

Corpse Under Local Excess 57

The Addition of the Evil Brother 67

Ere I Discerned It 73

I Ain't Ephraim 79

Genealogying 85

In Those Days Everyone Was a Pillar of the Community 91

To Whom It May Concern 97

Diane I Think I Know What You Are Looking For 105

Thus Endeth the Chapter of My Life History 111

Acknowledgments 118

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