Monument by Richard Hoffman

by Leslie Anne Mcilroy

Should there be
a memorial, a stone

To Those Who Resisted

let it not be placed
in the square
renamed so many times,

nor in the park
where the poor seek shelter,

nor the busy plaza.

Should there be
a memorial, build it

deep in a forest,
high on a mountain,

requiring one to be
a pilgrim, perhaps

on a rock in the harbor;
no, in the heart,

yes, in the heart,
a stone in the heart.


Richard Hoffman is author of the memoir Half the House, and three poetry collections: Without Paradise, Gold Star Road, winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the 2008 Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club and Emblem. A fiction writer as well, his Interference & Other Stories was published in 2009. His new memoir, Love & Fury, is forthcoming from Beacon Press. Richard teaches at Emerson College.