Poetry. "Richard Hoffman's poems are quietly daring. In an era dominated by the 'plain style, ' he achieves formal elegance without stooping to mere facility. In an age of sometimes ponderous confessionalism, he dares to be funny (but never sardonic or facetious). Still these are poems of high aspiration and accomplishment, that contemplate large and deep issues with power and conviction- John Hildebidle. "Without Paradise is a book full of joy & surprise & sorrow & wit - the very emotions and qualities that remind us we're still alive and thinking.Open this up. Read some. You need what this book has" --William B. Patrick.