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Big Think Interview with Edward Hirsch


Edward Hirsch's first collection of poems, "For the Sleepwalkers," was published in 1981 and went on to receive the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University. His second collection, Wild Gratitude (1986), received the National Book Critics Circle Award. Since then, he has published

The Living Fire

2020-08-31T15:19:35+00:00New Books, Poetry|

A comprehensive selection of one of our most beloved poet’s rich and significant body of work alongside a gathering of “brilliant, deeply pleasurable” new poems (Booklist). Pages: 256 pages Publisher: Knopf (2013) Language: English ISBN-13: 978-0375710032 Amazon.com BarnesAndNoble.com Books-A-Million.com IndieBound.com Early Sunday Morning I used to mock my father and

The Making of Sonnet

2020-08-31T15:13:17+00:00Edited works|

An enlightening, celebratory anthology of the most classic and enduring of forms edited by two major poets. This illuminating anthology follows the sonnet through its various moments and makers over five and a half centuries. Edward Hirsch and Eavan Boland, two of our foremost poets, focus on vicissitudes, paying particular attention to how

Special Orders


In these powerful and “achingly beautiful” (Booklist) poems of self-examination and openness from one of the cornerstones of the poetry world, Edward Hirsch assesses “the minor triumphs, the major failures” of his life, and the people and places that have colored it. Pages: 80 pages Publisher: Knopf (2008) Language: English ISBN-13: 978-0375711558 Amazon.com BarnesAndNoble.com Books-A-Million.com IndieBound.com

The Writers World


The Writer’s World features writers from around the globe discussing what it means to write, and to be a writer, in many different parts of the world. Each book offers a window into a particular culture with diverse traditions, landscapes, and political climates, reminding us that in an increasingly fractured world, literature transcends national boundaries and

To a Nightingale

2020-08-31T15:12:01+00:00Edited works|

Uniting the voices of thirty master poets, this sweeping anthology explores the influence of literature’s most celebrated bird. To a Nightingale traces the presence of this richly interpreted muse through the words of Ovid, Hafiz, Shakespeare, Milton, Shelley, Keats, T.S. Eliot, W.S. Merwin and many more. The collection reveals a time-honored, poetic discussion of

Poet’s Choice


Edward Hirsch began writing a column called "Poet’s Choice" in the Washington Post Book World in 2002. This book brings together those enormously popular columns, some of which have been revised and expanded, to present a minicourse in world poetry. Poet’s Choice includes the work of more than one hundred poets from ancient

Theodore Roethke

2020-08-31T15:12:32+00:00Edited works|

From the recollections of his youth in Michigan to the visionary longings of the poems written just before his death, Theodore Roethke embarked on a quest to restore wholeness to a self that seemed irreparably broken. In the words of editor Edward Hirsch, “He courted the irrational and embraced what is most vulnerable

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