Soliton

Roald Hoffmann

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In Roald Hoffmann’s fourth collection of poetry, Soliton, we face the full scope and power of his outlook—he writes of nature and bittersweet love, Jewish themes and his Holocaust survival.

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In Roald Hoffmann’s fourth collection of poetry, Soliton, we face the full scope and power of his outlook—he writes of nature and bittersweet love, Jewish themes and his Holocaust survival. His poems build on phrases and words under stress, with great respect for the power of the language. Sometimes they are funny, and always they are carefully observed and reflective. His work is intriguing, mysterious, ambitious, and accomplished.

 

Contents

Acknowledgments
I
Tsunami
Why I Didn’t Visit the Camp
Shall You Dance?
Dream Corps

II
Isaac’s Fall
In View of the Promised Land
Olive Tree Master
Imitation of the Mothers
Natural History
Cupping
Flat Stones Beg to Be Recycled
The Reflection

III
For Every Thing There is a Time
Raisins for Being
Oak Land in Winter
Black but Comely
Birdland
The Philosopher’s Stone Found in January

IV
Proofs of the Existence of God
Oligopoem
Maya-Spectra
Le Chatelier’s Principle
Malacology
Quantum Mechanics

V
Of the Land
Parallel Universes
Capoeira
Planck Was a Good Man
Proust and Cézanne

VI
Fall Follies
The Zohar of Aging
We Will Not Be Moved
Polheim, Dec. 17, 1911
Ground Truths
This-and-No-Other-ness
From Surfeit to Dearth

VII
Interface
Homecoming
Fields of Vision
Communication Problems
The Golden Boxes of Forgetting
Enough Already

About the Author

Authors

Roald Hoffmann was born in Zloczow, Poland in 1937, survived the Nazi occupation, and arrived in the U.S. in 1949 after several years of post-war wandering in Europe. Since 1965 he has been at Cornell University, where he is now the Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters and professor of chemistry. Dr. Hoffmann received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1981 with colleague Kenichi Fukui, and has received numerous awards and honorary degrees. Dr. Hoffmann is the author of three other poetry books, Memory Effects, Gaps and Verges, and The Metamict State.

Reviews

Roald Hoffmann remains a scientist in his poetry, and he is a poet when he teaches science.

—George and Eva Klein, Interdisciplinary Science Review

The reader is continually aware of a nimble and curious intellect whose gift for abstraction is matched by a keen sensitivity to the concerns of everyday existence and a true poet’s ability to connect one type of experience with another.

—Lars-Håkan Svensson, Nature

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