Poetry Everywhere
"I wish I could find that skinny, long-beaked boy..."

Edward Hirsch

Branch Library

Like many writers, Edward Hirsch has struggled to find inspiration. But that quest has been fruitful more often than not for this celebrated poet. For example, the search for inspiration once led him to write The Demon and the Angel: Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration (2002), one of his several volumes of prose. Throughout his career Hirsch has strived to "speak in my poems with what the Romantic poets called 'the true voice of feeling.'" He is often praised for his mastery, his compassion, and his willingness to take risks. Hirsch has published several collections of poetry including, For the Sleepwalkers (1981), Wild Gratitude (1986), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award, Earthly Measures (1994), and most recently Special Orders (2008). Among his many honors, Hirsch has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur fellowship. He is currently the president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. This animation was created by Tommy Simms, and Hirsch reads.

To read this and other poems by Edward Hirsch, as well as biographical information about the poet, please visit the Poetry Foundation Web site.