Edward Hirsch

(20 January 1950 / Chicago)

Edward Hirsch Poems

1. A Greek Island 4/2/2015
2. Amour Honestus 11/20/2014
3. Cotton Candy 2/18/2015
4. The Skokie Theater 1/20/2012
5. I'M Going To Start Living Like A Mystic 1/20/2012
6. What The Last Evening Will Be Like 1/20/2012
7. To Poetry 1/20/2012
8. Wild Gratitude 1/20/2012
9. Lay Back The Darkness 1/20/2012
10. The Widening Sky 1/20/2012
11. Branch Library 1/20/2012
12. Poor Angels 1/20/2012
13. Fall 1/20/2012
14. Edward Hopper And The House By The Railroad (1925) 1/20/2012
15. For The Sleepwalkers 1/20/2012
16. After A Long Insomniac Night 1/20/2012
17. Early Sunday Morning 1/20/2012
18. In Memoriam Paul Celan 1/20/2003
19. Late March 1/20/2012
20. Fast Break 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Edward Hirsch

Fast Break

In Memory of Dennis Turner, 1946-1984


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

perfectly, gathering the orange leather
from the air like a cherished possession

and spinning around to throw a strike
to the outlet who is already shoveling

an underhand pass toward the other guard
scissoring past a flat-footed defender

who looks stunned and nailed to the floor
in the wrong direction, trying to catch sight

of a high, ...

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Early Sunday Morning

I used to mock my father and his chums
for getting up early on Sunday morning
and drinking coffee at a local spot
but now I’m one of those chumps.

No one cares about my old humiliations
but they go on dragging through my sleep
like a string of empty tin cans rattling
behind an abandoned car.

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