Edward Hirsch (20 January 1950 / Chicago)
''A hook shot kisses the rim andEdward 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 English Language since 1975. Robert Richman, ed. (1988) Houghton Mifflin Company.
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''
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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.