Richie Hofmann



  • I get a haircut in Berlin—
  • dual knives moving against one another.
  • I follow the black boots
  • down the avenue.
  • Militaristic fashions
  • have taken their place among the gay bourgeois,
  • mixing violence
  • and aesthetic pleasure.
  • Big Russian crows squawk in the trees
  • of the Tiergarten,
  • where princes once
  • hunted and fished.
  • Men are not the only animals
  • that use hooks to catch
  • other animals. But only men
  • cut the hair away from their heads and faces—
  • even firstborn sons
  • who love their bodies as they are.

RICHIE HOFMANN is the author of a collection of poems, Second Empire (2015). His poetry appears in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Poetry. He is a 2017-19 Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.

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