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Wild Gratitude

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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, 1986 This is a lovely and moving collection, and it has not only the courage of its strong emotions, but the language and form that makes and keeps them clear and true.
Anthony Hecht
Hirsch remains a poet of celebration, but the sorrows of the world are here too, in equal measure. The language is, throughout, si
Paperback, 96 pages
Published March 18th 2003 by Knopf (first published 1986)
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Tammy Marie Jacintho
Mar 31, 2010 Tammy Marie Jacintho rated it it was amazing
Edward Hirsch, the poet, is like a man who has flown out of himself. He is like a man who has flown to the top of a tree to follow a star as it sinks below the horizon line. He has lost his heavy human body and it is his voice that I hear when I stare at the moon and watch it turn into a bald headed God.

Hirsch is like a man who grows less like a man poem by poem. He is the voice of reason at the bewitching hour, the hour when we who have not slept, who grow muddy of mind, but not of desire, beg
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HIrsch is such a down to earth poet, its hard to believe hes not your personal aquaintance, just telling you something beautiful or terrifying. Also, try to check out his reading of Wild Gratitude, he has such a cute upstate accent. ...more
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Read In the Middle of August in this book or wherever you can find it...
Dec 30, 2007 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who read poetry
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dense, dark, concentrated, a bit academic, but worth the effort
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Title poem is probably the best in the book...
Sep 27, 2010 Katie rated it it was amazing
Lovely and surprising. Very sweet poems.
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Edward Hirsch is a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry. He was born in Chicago in 1950—his accent makes it impossible for him to hide his origins—and educated at Grinnell College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Ph.D. in Folklore. His devotion to poetry is lifelong.He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fe ...more
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“And every year there is a brief, startling moment
When we pause in the middle of a long walk home and
Suddenly feel something invisible and weightless
Touching our shoulders, sweeping down from the air:
It is the autumn wind pressing against our bodies;
It is the changing light of fall falling on us.”
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