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Edward Hirsch

Born: January 20, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Hirsch was born in Chicago.

Biography: Edward Hirsch received the National Book Critics award, Prix de Rome. In 2008, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He taught for six years in the English Department at Wayne State University and seventeen years in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston. He is now president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

  • Body of Work Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, Embassy of Chile, Office of the Ambassador, 2004;
  • The Sleepwalkers Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award, New York University, Lavan Younger Poets Award, Academy of American Poets
  • Wild Gratitude National Book Critics Award
  • Strangers by the Night Starred Review, Booklist and Publishers Weekly
  • Gabriel: A Poem Longlisted, National Book Award, 2014
  • A Poet's Glossary Starred Review, Booklist

Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction; Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

100 Poems To Break Your Heart
ISBN: 0544931882 OCLC: 1159043021

A Poet's Glossary
ISBN: 0151011958 OCLC: 318415613

A joyful, elegant glossary of poetic terms spanning centuries and continents, from the famed poet and author of the best-selling How to Read a Poem (and Fall in Love with Poetry).

Earthly Measures: Poems
ISBN: 0679765662 OCLC: 28376862

Alfred Knopf : New York : 1994.

Edward Hirsch's strong, arresting poems have been praised from the start of his career. Of his second book, Wild Gratitude, Robert Penn Warren said,

For the Sleepwalkers
ISBN: 0887482511 OCLC: 39087635

Carnegie Mellon University Press, Pittsburgh : 1998.

Brief poems include homages to modern artists and meditations on the natural world

Gabriel: A Poem
ISBN: 038535357X OCLC: 867283774

A poignant volume of works inspired by the author's son's tragic early death reflects on the young man's boisterous youth, his rebellious early adulthood, and the author's experiences of grief.

How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry
ISBN: 0151004196 OCLC: 40347405

This volume presents an exploration of poetry and feeling, introducing poems selected by the author as emblematic because they suggest something crucial about the nature of poetry itself, and offering his insights on how the poems should be read. In this guide, the author reaches out to all those who may be disaffected by the mere mention of poetry and instructs the reader to focus on a personal, emotional response.

Lay Back the Darkness: Poems
ISBN: 0375415211 OCLC: 52166179

Knopf : New York : 2003.

On Love: Poems
ISBN: 0375702601 OCLC: 44113308

A.A. Knopf, New York : 2000.

Poet's Choice
ISBN: 015101356X OCLC: 61684155

Harcourt, Orlando, Fla. : ©2006.

A collection of revised and expanded writings culled from the author's popular Washington Post Book World

Responsive reading
ISBN: 0472096923 OCLC: 40901182

University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor : ©1999.

Special Orders: Poems
ISBN: 0307266818 OCLC: 166358515

Stranger by Night: Poems
ISBN: 0525657789 OCLC: 1101574711

The Demon and the Angel: Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration
ISBN: 0151005389 OCLC: 49280027

In an exploration of the sources and mysteries of artistic creativity, the author examines the concept of

The Essential Poet's Glossary
ISBN: 0544931238 OCLC: 953710120

The Living Fire
ISBN: 037541522X OCLC: 401715639

Alfred A. Knopf, New York : 2010.

A volume of more than one hundred definitive and original pieces by the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning writer includes poems that critically assess his own works and explore such topics as insomnia, culture and the arts.

The Night Parade: Poems
ISBN: 0679722998 OCLC: 18907304

Straightforward and precise, these poems, almost exclusively in narrative form, beckon the reader with their immediacy. Gracefully confirming the inextricable links between self and family, Hirsch, winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award for Wild Gratitude , is, at his best, captivating, transforming tremendous respect for and fascination with his Eastern European roots and Chicago upbringing into enlightened, richly detailed verse that artfully side-steps sentimentality.

Wild Gratitude
ISBN: 0375710124 OCLC: 12262695

Poems deal with art and artists, loneliness, night, nature, heroism, death, love, hope, and sadness