Memories I’ve Forgotten
List Price: 15.00
Available: August 2014
Memories I’ve Forgotten is a vibrant, powerful vision of a life lived in the names of beauty, integrity and love. Beginning with early childhood memories, Marc Elihu Hofstadter explores his past in language that is accessible, evocative and at times humorous. Whether describing blimps seen from a penthouse in New York City, a youthful crush in Santa Cruz, California, a “porcupine” pastry enjoyed in Orléans, France, or a rainy day in a retirement community in Walnut Creek, California, Hofstadter writes with precision and passion. His honesty is exemplary: he does not hold back on details about gay sex or mental illness. Whether celebrating the natural world or relishing the facts of urban life, this poet leads the reader to reflect on his or her own history in a modern America that is still waiting to be defined.
arc Elihu Hofstadter was born in New York City in 1945. He received his B.A. in French Literature from Swarthmore College in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1975. He has taught American literature at Santa Cruz, the Université d’Orléans (on a Fulbright Lectureship) and Tel Aviv University. In 1980 he received his Master’s in Library and Information Studies degree from the University of California at Berkeley and, from 1982 to 2005, served as the Librarian of the City and County of San Francisco’s transit agency. He has published five previous volumes of poetry—House of Peace (Mother’s Hen Press), Visions (Scarlet Tanager Press), Shark’s Tooth (Regent Press), Luck (Scarlet Tanager Press), and Rising at 5 AM (Latitude Press)—and a volume of essays entitled Healing the Split: The Collected Essays of Marc Elihu Hofstadter, all of which are available from amazon.com. His poems, translations and essays have appeared in over sixty magazines. Hofstadter is a member of one of the United States’ leading intellectual families. His uncle Robert Hofstadter won the Nobel Prize in physics, his cousins Douglas and Richard Hofstadter were both awarded the Pulitzer Prize, his father Albert was an acclaimed philosopher, his mother Manya Huber a concert pianist, and his uncle Samuel Huber a noted painter. Hofstadter lives in Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, California with his partner, the artist David Zurlin.