181pages. Softcover. Good Condition. POETRY. The collection begins with an essay the Hebrew Bible and concludes with a memoir of the author's grandfather, whose lost poems the author has tried to envision. Other essays include a wide range of writers. (Key Words: Poetry, Hebrew Bible, Dante, Emerson, Derek Walcott, Larkin, Lorca, Zbigniew Herbert, Aleksander Wat, Wislawa Szymborska, Yehuda Amichai).
Fine. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author First printing of the Michigan paperback edition published simultaneously with small-run hardcover edition. x, 182pp. Pictorial card covers. Signed by Hirsch to title page. Book is in as new, unread condition. No remainder markings. " Edward Hirsch is an American poet and academic who wrote a best seller about reading poetry. He has received the 1981 Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets and the 1981 Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University; the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1986. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1985, a five-year MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1987 and the 1991 William Riley Parker Prize from the Modern Language Association. He was University of Houston professor of English for 17 years. "-wikipedia. "This collection brims with wide-ranging encounters and explorations, fundamental discoveries, and reconsiderations. It is a book of deep, attentive, and appreciative readings. In 'Responsive Reading', reading itself is treated as a creative act, an intimate, triggering, and momentous activity. The collection begins with a reconsideration of the "J" author, the most ancient and humanly oriented writer in the Hebrew Bible, and concludes with a memoir of the author's grandfather, whose poems (which have not survived) he has tried to envision. There is an investigation of Dante's Inferno and of a biography of Emerson. There are pieces on the Polish poets Zbigniew Herbert, Alexsander Wat, and Wislawa Szymborska, and on the Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai; on Derek Walcott; and on the sullen majesty of Philip Larkin. There are also pieces that follow Federico Garcia Lorca and Joseph Cornell (via Charles Simic) on forays into New York City. An award-winning essay, "The Imaginary Irish Peasant, " tracks a company of Irish writers into the countryside, both a real and an imagined place, a symbol-laden territory. Indeed, all these pieces testify to a poet's sublime experience of reading. "
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