Who is Edward Hirsch

Edward M. Hirsch (born January 20, 1950) is an American poet and critic who wrote a national bestseller about reading poetry. He has published nine books of poems, including The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (2010), which brings together thirty-five years of work, and Gabriel: A Poem (2014), a book-length elegy for his son that The New Yorker called "a masterpiece of sorrow." He has also published five prose books about poetry. He is president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in New York City.


Hirsch was born in Chicago. He had a childhood involvement with poetry, which he later explored at Grinnell College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Ph.D. in folklore.

Hirsch was a professor of English at Wayne State...
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Edward Hirsch Poems

  • Edward Hopper And The House By The Railroad (1925)
    Out here in the exact middle of the day,
    This strange, gawky house has the expression
    Of someone being stared at, someone holding
    His breath underwater, hushed and expectant; ...
  • Amour Honestus
    The nights were long and cold and bittersweet,
    And he made a song for the hell of it.

    She stood by the window, a heavenly light ...
  • After A Long Insomniac Night
    I walked down to the sea in the early morning
    after a long insomniac night.

  • Branch Library
    I wish I could find that skinny, long-beaked boy
    who perched in the branches of the old branch library.

    He spent the Sabbath flying between the wobbly stacks ...
  • To Poetry
    Donâ??t desert me
    just because I stayed up last night
    watching The Lost Weekend.
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Bethpathak: because my eyesight keeps worsening, this optimistic essay was everything to me. thank you edward hirsch!
Earlebaum: must-read: edward hirsch's oped in the new york times today titled, "i am going blind, and i now find it strangely exhilarating" beautifully written! we agree and recommend it to you! read the full article here:
Nytopinion: “i’ve learned that you first need to publicly identify and acknowledge your disability,” writes edward hirsch. “then you must acknowledge, to yourself and to others, that you need help. and, finally, you must be willing to accept the help that is offered.”
Joerizzonaudi: beautiful piece here by poet edward hirsch on canes, blindness and kindness...
Therapynews: "i am going blind, and i now find it strangely exhilarating" by edward hirsch via nyt
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How fortunate the Grave
 by Emily Dickinson


How fortunate the Grave-
All Prizes to obtain-
Successful certain, if at last,
First Suitor not in vain.


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