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.
A wonderfully enthusiastic and well written book that gently promotes poetry, and successfully encourages you in all the ways to really enjoy itPublished 2 months ago by F. Goodale
I don't know how it's possible to make someone with an unparalleled affection for poetry resent their chosen subject, but Hirsch came damn close to doing it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Philip
I like the idea of this book. But in the end it seemed like the author was trying too hard to write a book instead of giving the reader practical advice on how to read poetry for... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bartholomew Roberts
The author's approach to stimulating interest in poetry is compelling and inviting. It has offered me an additional way to read and enjoy poetry.Published 5 months ago by Sophie
I fell in love with poetry when I took a college class and my professor opened my eyes, ears, and mind to the beauty of poetic rhythm, message, and how it resonates so easily and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Capricorn One
This is an excellent text, which provides very good insights into the poems it covers. However, there were many typos in the Kindle version. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JDE
this is an excellent book for a beginner as well as a pro. I gave this book to my grandson.,Published 8 months ago by Karen Atkinson
Poetry wasn't always my thing, and I think maybe that's because I wasn't "doing it right". This book really WILL show you how to fall in love with poetry, all the various... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Leslie Soule