Violet portrait

subtle gradient

lavender purple lilac purple

grape hyacinth brushed mauve

soft teasel, heathered indigo

an iris dilating, deepening, lu-pining,

bruising pansies, tingeing hydrangea

           the neon crocus

           knocks your skirt up

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︎ The linoblock used to print the light purple flower on the card was handcarved by the poet, Kelly Hoffer
︎ These cards printed on Rives BFK paper, a slightly thinner paper. Some edges are deckled, as seen in the photo, some are cut straight. 

Kelly Hoffer is a poet and book artist. Her first book of poems UNDERSHORE was selected by Diana Khoi Nguyen for the 2021 Lightscatter Press Prize, and is coming May 1st! Her book manuscript 'Fire Series' was a finalist for the 2021 National Poetry Series and the Georgia Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, American Chordata, TAGVVERK, Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, Prelude, The Bennington Review, and Second Factory from ugly duckling presse, among others. She earned an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in Literatures in English at Cornell University. Learn more at:, and you can  follow her @kellyrosehoffer on Twitter or Instagram. Preorder UNDERSHORE here.