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Gabriel: A Poem

by Edward Hirsch

Never has there been a book of poems quite like Gabriel, in which a short life, a bewildering death, and the unanswerable sorrow of a father come together in such a sustained elegy. This unabashed sequence speaks...


A Poet's Glossary

Wild Gratitude

by Edward Hirsch

An excerpt from the poem, Wild Gratitude: 

"Tonight when I knelt down next to our cat, Zooey,

And put my fingers into her clean cat's mouth,

And rubbed her swollen belly that will never know kittens,

And watched...


Earthly Measures: Poems

by Edward Hirsch

Edward Hirsch's strong, arresting poems have been praised from the start of his career. Of his second book, Wild Gratitude, Robert Penn Warren said, "I am convinced that the best poems here are unsurpassed in...


The Night Parade: Poems

by Edward Hirsch

Straightforward and precise, these poems, almost exclusively in narrative form, beckon the reader with their immediacy. Gracefully confirming the inextricable links between self and family, Hirsch, winner of...


How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry

by Edward Hirsch

In a marvelous reading of world poetry, including verse by such poets as Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, Pablo Neruda, William Wordsworth, Sylvia Plath, Charles Baudelaire, and many more, Hirsch discovers...


Special Orders: Poems

by Edward Hirsch

In Special Orders, the renowned poet Edward Hirsch brings us a new series of tightly crafted poems, work that demonstrates a thrilling expansion of his tone and subject matter. It is with a mixture of grief...


The Living Fire

by Edward Hirsch

A rich and significant collection of more than one hundred poems, drawn from a lifetime of “wild gratitude” in poetry.

In poems chronicling insomnia (“the blue-rimmed edge / of outer dark, those crossroads...


On Love: Poems

by Edward Hirsch

"Life has to have the plenitude of art," Edward Hirsch affirms in his fifth volume of poems, On Love, which further establishes him as a major artist. From its opening epigraph by Thomas Hardy and an initiating...


Lay Back the Darkness: Poems

by Edward Hirsch

Edward Hirsch’s sixth collection is a descent into the darkness of middle age, narrated with exacting tenderness. He explores the boundaries of human fallibility both in candid personal poems, such as the...