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Why does this written doe bound through these written woods?Elsewhere, Hirsch's section on Sterling Brown's redefinitions of African American work songs should put this neglected poet back on the map. And his introductions to Eastern European poets such as Jirí Orten, Attila József, and Miklós Radnóti will make you want to ferret out their hard-to-find work. (Perhaps his publisher should put out a companion anthology...)
For a drink of written water from a spring
whose surface will xerox her soft muzzle?
Why does she lift her head; does she hear something?
Perched on four slim legs borrowed from the truth,
she pricks up her ears beneath my fingertips.
Hirsch manages to cram entire worlds and lives into 258 pages of text (which he follows up with a huge glossary and extended reading list). His two paragraphs on Juan Gelman, whose son was murdered and pregnant daughter-in-law disappeared during Argentina's "Dirty War," bring this man's art into clear, tragic focus. But even here, the compulsively generous author is compelled to enshrine the words of other critics, foregrounding Eduardo Galeano and Julio Cortázar, who describes Gelman's art as "a permanent caress of words on unknown tombs." What a pleasure it is to be inside Hirsch's head! He seems to have read everything and absorbed most of it, and he wears his considerable scholarship lightly. Many of his fellow poets have suffered for their art, have been imprisoned and killed--but above all, Hirsch makes us realize that, no matter what the artist's circumstances, subject, or theme, "the stakes are always high" in this game that writer and reader alike must keep playing. --Kerry Fried --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ed Hirsh is a masterful poet and this invitation to poetry is a lovely addition to the bookshelves or poets, teachers and readers.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am disappointed with this book. A vast knowledge of poetry is needed before reading this book. This is not for someone who wants to learn how to read a poem. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diane
This book is a mixed bag. I found some parts highly useful. The glossary, for instance, should be read completely as it explicates many aspects of poetry structure and content. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. K. White
Well written with great enthusiasm but very scattered material, which kept me from really getting a groove with it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very thought-provoking book that introduces the reader to exciting yet little known poets. I enjoyed it immensely.Published 5 months ago by Shopper
I enjoyed journeying with this enthusiastic critic in an exploration or curiosity and delight into poesy.Published 5 months ago by W. D. Troughton