Stranger by Night

2021-03-11T23:10:21+00:00New Books, Poetry|

“Tender and unflinching . . . Hirsch balances heartfelt elegy with a celebration of the everyday. In these 48 poems of sensory remembrance, any door might open on the past . . . While later poems address Hirsch’s loss of eyesight, giving resonance to the collection’s title, readers will be grateful that the

Gabriel a Poem

2020-08-31T15:20:29+00:00New Books, Poetry|

Longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award 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 directly from Hirsch’s heart to our own, without sentimentality.

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 Early Sunday Morning I used to mock my father and

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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

Lay Back the Darkness


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 title piece—a plea for his father, a victim of Alzheimer’s wandering the hallway at night—and in his passionate encounters with classic

On Love


"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 prayer for transformation, On Love takes up the subjects of separateness and fusion, autonomy and blur. The initial progression

Earthly Measures


“These are poems of immense wonder and rigor. To say they are religious poems is only to recognize their grandeur and generosity, and their heartbreaking longing.” —Patricia Hampl, The New York Times Book Review Pages: 96 pages Publisher: Knopf (1994) Language: English ISBN-13: 978-0679765660 Man on

The Night Parade


"Edward Hirsch's gifts include an emotional richness coupled with a precise sense of language and metaphor, which makes his best poems wonderful to read." —Stephen Dobyns, New York Times Book Review Pages: 96 pages Publisher: Knopf (1989) Language: English ISBN-13: 978-0679722991 My Grandmother’s Bed How she pulled

Wild Gratitude


Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, 1986 “This is a lovely and moving collection, and it has not only the courage of its strong emotions, but the language and form that makes and keeps them clear and true.” —Anthony Hecht Pages: 96 pages Publisher: Knopf (1986) Language: English ISBN-13: 978-0679722991

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