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.

Life

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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Sacred_waves: rhythm is sound in motion. it is related to the pulse, the heartbeat, the way we breathe. it rises and falls. it takes us into ourselves; it takes us out of ourselves. edward hirsch
Yalereview: "there are some poets whose lines stab you with blunt force, and others whose sentences meander off in different directions and take a while to knife you, so that you don’t quite realize you’ve been cut." edward hirsch on john ashbery and the slow bleed:
Filmmakerscoop: working tirelessly to highlight the legacies of historically overlooked filmmakers, serra has helped restore countless films, including works by edward owens, maya deren, storm de hirsch, and cathy cook. she has also collaborated with the stan vanderbeek estate.
Ojalart: “a poem is a dramatic experience. it carries its own meaning. i won’t be there to explain it. it’s an orphaned creature that must make its own way in the world.” —edward hirsch
Parisreview: “a poem is a dramatic experience. it carries its own meaning. i won’t be there to explain it. it’s an orphaned creature that must make its own way in the world.” —edward hirsch
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