Edward Hirsch
After A Long Insomniac Night by Edward Hirsch

After A Long Insomniac Night by Edward Hirsch

I walked down to the sea in the early morningafter a long insomniac night.I climbed over the giant gull-colored rocksand moved past the trees,tall dancers stretching their ...

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In Memoriam Paul Celan by Edward Hirsch

In Memoriam Paul Celan by Edward Hirsch

Lay these words into the dead man's gravenext to the almonds and black cherries---tiny skulls and flowering blood-drops, eyes,and Thou, O bitterness that pillows his head.Lay ...

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Early Sunday Morning by Edward Hirsch

Early Sunday Morning by Edward Hirsch

I used to mock my father and his chumsfor getting up early on Sunday morningand drinking coffee at a local spotbut now I’m one of those chumps.No one cares about my old ...

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For The Sleepwalkers by Edward Hirsch

For The Sleepwalkers by Edward Hirsch

Tonight I want to say something wonderfulfor the sleepwalkers who have so much faithin their legs, so much faith in the invisiblearrow carved into the carpet, the worn paththat ...

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What The Last Evening Will Be Like	 by Edward Hirsch

What The Last Evening Will Be Like by Edward Hirsch

You're sitting at a small bay windowin an empty café by the sea.It's nightfall, and the owner is locking up,though you're still hunched over the radiator,which is slowly losing ...

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Amour Honestus by Edward Hirsch

Amour Honestus by Edward Hirsch

The nights were long and cold and bittersweet,And he made a song for the hell of it.She stood by the window, a heavenly lightWho created havoc for the hell of it.He used to fondle ...

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To Poetry by Edward Hirsch

To Poetry by Edward Hirsch

Don’t desert mejust because I stayed up last nightwatching The Lost Weekend.I know I’ve spent too much timepraising your naked body to strangersand gossiping about lovers you ...

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I’M Going To Start Living Like A Mystic	 by Edward Hirsch

I’M Going To Start Living Like A Mystic by Edward Hirsch

Today I am pulling on a green wool sweater and walking across the park in a dusky snowfall. The trees stand like twenty-seven prophets in a field, each a station in a ...

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Lay Back The Darkness	 by Edward Hirsch

Lay Back The Darkness by Edward Hirsch

My father in the night shuffling from room to roomon an obscure mission through the hallway.Help me, spirits, to penetrate his dreamand ease his restless passage.Lay back the ...

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The Widening Sky	 by Edward Hirsch

The Widening Sky by Edward Hirsch

I am so small walking on the beach at night under the widening sky. The wet sand quickens beneath my feet and the waves thunder against the shore. I am moving away from the ...

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Poor Angels by Edward Hirsch

Poor Angels by Edward Hirsch

At this hour the soul floats weightlesslythrough the city streets, speechless and invisible,astonished by the smoky blend of grays and goldsseeping out of the air, the dark ...

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Branch Library by Edward Hirsch

Branch Library by Edward Hirsch

I wish I could find that skinny, long-beaked boywho perched in the branches of the old branch library.He spent the Sabbath flying between the wobbly stacksand the flimsy wooden ...

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Wild Gratitude	 by Edward Hirsch

Wild Gratitude by Edward Hirsch

Tonight when I knelt down next to our cat, Zooey, And put my fingers into her clean cat's mouth, And rubbed her swollen belly that will never know kittens, And watched her wriggle ...

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The Skokie Theater by Edward Hirsch

The Skokie Theater by Edward Hirsch

Twelve years old and lovesick, bumblingand terrified for the first time in my life,but strangely hopeful, too, and stunned,definitely stunned—I wanted to cry,I almost started to ...

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Fast Break by Edward Hirsch

Fast Break by Edward Hirsch

In Memory of Dennis Turner, 1946-1984A hook shot kisses the rim andhangs there, helplessly, but doesn't drop,and for once our gangly starting centerboxes out his man and times his ...

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Late March by Edward Hirsch

Late March by Edward Hirsch

Saturday morning in late March.I was alone and took a long walk, though I also carried a bookof the Alone, which companioned me.The day was clear, unnaturally clear,like a ...

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A Greek Island by Edward Hirsch

A Greek Island by Edward Hirsch

Traveling over your body I foundThe failing olive and the cajoling flute,Where I knelt down, as if in prayer,And sucked a moist pitFrom the marlOf the earth in a sacred cove.You ...

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Cotton Candy by Edward Hirsch

Cotton Candy by Edward Hirsch

We walked on the bridge over the Chicago Riverfor what turned out to be the last time,and I ate cotton candy, that sugary air,that sweet blue light spun out of nothingness.It was ...

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Edward Hopper And The House By The Railroad (1925) by Edward Hirsch

Edward Hopper And The House By The Railroad (1925) by Edward Hirsch

Out here in the exact middle of the day,This strange, gawky house has the expressionOf someone being stared at, someone holdingHis breath underwater, hushed and expectant;This ...

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Fall by Edward Hirsch

Fall by Edward Hirsch

Fall, falling, fallen. That's the way the season Changes its tense in the long-haired maples That dot the road; the veiny hand-shaped leaves Redden on their branches (in a fiery ...

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