at The Whitman-Stein Poetry Fest
Marc Elihu Hofstadter

Marc Elihu Hofstadter was born in New York City and obtained his B.A. degree from Swarthmore College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from U.C. Santa Cruz.  He has taught literature at Santa Cruz, the Universite d'Orleans and Tel Aviv University.

Marc has published five volumes of poetry including, Shark’s Tooth and Rising at 5AM, House of Peace, Visions and Luck, and a book of essays, Healing the Split, all available on

He lives with his partner David Zurlin in Walnut Creek, California.


Walnut Creek

Marc Elihu Hofstadter reads

James Schuyler

Castro and Market

        in memory of Thom Gunn

I hesitated at the traffic light.

The intersection filled with a flood of men,

leathered, tee-shirted, shaved-headed, sure, in heat.

Poised behind me was a life of books,

the embrace of several tender women.

Ahead of me loomed—I knew not what.

I didn’t know it then, but bone and sinew

drove me on, body’s truth that roared,

not asking me if I agreed or not.

Life hovered at that intersection,

trembled, looked deep inside,

then opened to the teeming world and,

when the light turned, plunged

© 2006, Marc Elihu Hofstadter, Shark’s Tooth