LSU Press Publishes Former Poet Laureate Daniel Hoffman’s “Next to Last Words”

04/04/2013 04:34 PM

BATON ROUGE – For 60 years Daniel Hoffman has drawn on a lifetime of experiences to engage readers with his powerful imagination. The poems in “Next to Last Words” – illuminated by the poet’s unique vision and leavened by touches of humor – continue this tradition.

Equally skilled in formal and free verse, Hoffman explores people’s place in the cosmos, kinship with nature, the violent world in which people must live, and the intense love and grief common to everyone’s life. “Next to Last Words” is available now from LSU Press.

Hoffman, former poet laureate, has published 13 books of poetry, including “The Whole Nine Yards,” “Beyond Silence,” and “Brotherly Love,” a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His honors include the Arthur Anse prize for “a distinctive poet” from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and, from the Sewanee Review, the Aiken-Taylor Award for Contemporary American Poetry.

Hoffman is the author of many critical studies, including “Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe,” also a National Book Award finalist. He has taught at Swarthmore College and at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is the Felix Schelling Professor of English Emeritus.

For more information, contact Erin Rolfs at 225-578-8282 or or visit

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013