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Special Orders Poems

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ISBN-10: 0307266818

ISBN-13: 9780307266811

Edition: 2008

Authors: Edward Hirsch

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In "Special Orders," the renowned poet Edward Hirsch brings us a new series of tightly crafted poems, work that demonstrates a thrilling expansion of his tone and subject matter. It is with a mixture of grief and joy that Hirsch examines what he calls "the minor triumphs, the major failures" of his life so far, in lines that reveal a startling frankness in the man composing them, a fearlessness in confronting his own internal divisions: "I lived between my heart and my head, / like a married couple who can't get along," he writes in "Self-portrait." These poems constitute a profound, sometimes painful self-examination, by the end of which the poet marvels at the sense of expectancy and transformation he feels. His fifteen-year-old son walking on Broadway is a fledgling about to sail out over the treetops; he has a new love, passionately described in "I Wish I Could Paint You"; he is ready to live, he tells us, "solitary, bittersweet, and utterly free." More personal than any of his previous collections, "Special Orders" is Edward Hirsch's most significant book to date. The highway signs pointed to our happiness; the greasy spoons and gleaming truck stops were the stations of our pilgrimage. Wasn't that us staggering past the riverboats, eating homemade fudge at the county fair and devouring each other's body? They come back to me now, delicious love, the times my sad heart knew a little sweetness. "from" "The Sweetness"
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/11/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 80
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

More Than Halfway
Special Orders
Cotton Candy
Branch Library
Playing the Odds
My Father's Track-and-Field Medal, 1932
Cold Calls
Second-Story Warehouse
The Swimmers
The Chardin Exhibition
On the Rhine
Krakow, 6 A.M.
Elegy for the Jewish Villages
Soutine: A Show of Still Lifes
The Minimalist Museum
A Few Encounters with My Face
Man Without a Face
To My Shadow
More Than Halfway
A Partial History of My Stupidity
To the Clearing
Late March
Green Night
To D.B.
To Houston
Eighteen Steps
Boy with a Headset
Green Figs
The Sweetness
To Lethargy
Gnostic Gospels
A New Theology
Happiness Writes White
I Wish I Could Paint You
To the Subway
As I Walked Home from the Hospital
Green Couch
A Night in September
After a Long Insomniac Night