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. Branch Library 1/20/2012
7. What The Last Evening Will Be Like 1/20/2012
8. To Poetry 1/20/2012
9. The Widening Sky 1/20/2012
10. Fall 1/20/2012
11. Lay Back The Darkness 1/20/2012
12. Poor Angels 1/20/2012
13. After A Long Insomniac Night 1/20/2012
14. Wild Gratitude 1/20/2012
15. Edward Hopper And The House By The Railroad (1925) 1/20/2012
16. For The Sleepwalkers 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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In Memoriam Paul Celan

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

Lay these words on the dead man's eyelids
like eyebrights, like medieval trumpet flowers
that will flourish, this time, in the shade.
Let the beheaded tulips glisten with rain.

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