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Wild Gratitude

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A new paperback edition of an early collection from Edward Hirsch, who has been called, by Harold Bloom, "utterly fresh, canonical, and necessary, " and by Robert Coles: "one of the finest poets we have." Whether describing pines and cedars in the night forest or a cat's purring as exquisite instruction in the art of praise, these poems express profound gratitude for life.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published March 18th 2003 by Knopf (first published 1986)
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Tammy Marie Jacintho
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...more
ive had the privilege of hearing mr hirsch read from this book when he visited my university in 2003. his words are powerful, soothing and the poetry is seamless. the tone through this book reminds me of a bad case of insomnia, so late night reading would be the perfect time to dive into these poems. it reminds me of a ghost-town, old chicago, and deep water. beautifully constructed.
Everett Darling
HIrsch is such a down to earth poet, it´s hard to believe he´s 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.
Read In the Middle of August in this book or wherever you can find it...
Dec 30, 2007 Peter rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who read poetry
Shelves: poetry
dense, dark, concentrated, a bit academic, but worth the effort
Nicco Mele
Title poem is probably the best in the book...
Lovely and surprising. Very sweet poems.
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