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Richard Hoffman is the author of four poetry collections: Noon until Night (Barrow Street Press, 2017); Emblem (Barrow Street Press, 2011); Gold Star Road (Barrow Street Press, 2007), winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club; and Without Paradise (Cedar Hill Books, 2002). He is also the author of the memoirs Half the House (Harcourt, 1995) and Love & Fury (Beacon Press, 2014) and the short story collection Interference and Other Stories (New Rivers Press, 2009). He is a senior writer-in-residence at Emerson College in Boston and an assistant professor at Columbia University in New York.

D(r)one

What was done was done
in our names; we ourselves

would never have done
what was done to anyone.

We wanted to be good,
polite, obedient, fun,

wanted only not to ever
ask What have we done?

And yet, in our names,
what was done was done.

Copyright © 2018 Richard Hoffman. This poem originally appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Summer 2018. Used with permission of the author.

Copyright © 2018 Richard Hoffman. This poem originally appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Summer 2018. Used with permission of the author.

Richard Hoffman

Richard Hoffman is the author of four poetry collections: Noon until Night (Barrow Street Press, 2017); Emblem (Barrow Street Press, 2011); Gold Star Road (Barrow Street Press, 2007), winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club; and Without Paradise (Cedar Hill Books, 2002).