ON LOVE

PRODUCT DETAILS

Pages: 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf (1998)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0375402531

Editorial Reviews

“The affirmation of On Love is its language, and the sense it gives that the language of love is inexhaustible. However conversant with the abyss, however true to the devastating logic of desire, the poems ultimately feel triumphant. They are held aloft by nothing but their own joyous artistry.”
— James Longenbach, Yale Review

“Love is every poet’s trump card, but Hirsch’s verse also has much ado about memory, art, America, music, and other such muses--and it’s these articulate if subordinate themes that haunt and heighten On Love in ways Eros flying solo can’t.”
— Scott Pitcock, Boston Review

Hirsch is passionate, erudite, and extraordinarily close to his chosen ancestors, such as Orpheus, a presence, too, in Earthly Measures (1994), and such orphic figures as Jimi Hendrix, Charles Baudelaire, and D. H. Lawrence. So attuned is Hirsch to his heroes, some two dozen writers in all, he imagines them participating in a dazzling beyond-the-grave "conversation" about love and all but channels their voices as he traces their turns of mind and offers subtle interpretations of their work. His empathy extends to women as well as men, and some of the sharpest of these complex poems illuminate the psyches of Colette, Gertrude Stein, and Margaret Fuller. Hirsch is without question heir to all the great poets of the past, and when he considers his own life, he writes lyric poems nearly incandescent in their sensuality. Yet for all his ravishing intensity, Hirsch suffers the chill of the void, always aware of a "sickening emptiness" and of being "in the midst of nothing." He does find comfort, however, in declaring that "love alone can redeem our universe."
— Donna Seaman

PRODUCT DETAILS

Pages: 96 pages
Publisher: Knopf (1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 978-0375402531