Edward Hirsch

(20 January 1950 / Chicago)

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Edward Hirsch is an American poet and critic who wrote a national bestseller about reading poetry. He has published eight books of poems, including The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (2010), which brings together thirty-five years of work. He is president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in New York City (not to be mistaken with E. D. Hirsch, Jr.).

Life

Hirsch was born in Chicago. He had a childhood involvement with poetry, which he later explored at Grinnell College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Ph.D. in folklore.

Hirsch was a professor of English at Wayne State University. In 1985, he joined the faculty ... more »

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  • A hook shot kisses the rim and
    hangs there, helplessly, but doesn't drop

    and for once our gangly starting center
    boxes out his man and times his jump

    perfec...
    Edward Hirsch (b. 1950), U.S. poet. Fast Break (l. 1-6). . . Direction of Poetry, The; an Anthology of Rhymed and Metered Verse Written in the Eng...
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