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  • Published: 15 December 2003
  • ISBN: 9780679722991
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $24.99
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The Night Parade



Poems

These strong and well-crafted poems quicken with a sense of life, capturing the human spirit in its nighttime incandescence. As all hiswork has shown, Hirsch is a poet of many facets and great sophistication, and here he draws from his Eastern European roots and Chicagoupbringing to invite us into his world. He writes in homage to all those "conscripted into the brotherhood / of loss," including an elegy tovictims of torture in Latin America and an apocalyptic evocation of the devastating European plague of the fourteenth century. But alwaysHirsch returns to the emotional substrate of his family, from his sister's Little League tryouts to his grandmother's creaky Murphy bed ("Itwas like putting the night away / When we closed the wooden doors again"). With its dusk meditations on family, art, and history, this is abook about posterity, about what gets passed on and what gets lost in time.For years I fell asleep to the rhythmOf my grandfather's voice rising and falling,Filling my head with his lost, unhappy poems:Those faint wingbeats, that hushed singing.

  • Published: 15 December 2003
  • ISBN: 9780679722991
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $24.99
Categories:

About the author

Edward Hirsch

Edward Hirsch has published five previous books of poems:FOR THE SLEEPWALKERS (1981), WILD GRATITUDE(1986), which won the National BookCritics Circle Award, THE NIGHT PARADE (1989),EARTHLY MEASURES (1994), and ON LOVE (1998).He has also written three prose books, including HOW TOREAD A POEM AND FALL IN LOVE WITH POETRY(1999), a national bestseller, and THE DEMON AND THEANGEL: SEARCHING FOR THE SOURCE OFARTISTIC INSPIRATION (2002). A frequent contributorto leading magazines and periodicals, including THE NEWYORKER, DOUBLETAKE, and AMERICAN POETRYREVIEW, he also writes the Poet's Choice column for theWASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD. He has receivedthe Prix de Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an AmericanAcademy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, and aMacArthur Fellowship. He teaches at the University ofHouston.

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