Earthly Measures

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Earthly Measures


By Edward Hirsch; Edward Hirsh

Knopf Publishing Group, Paperback, 9780679765660, 96pp.

Publication Date: February 27, 1996

These are poems of immense wonder and rigor. To say that they are religious poems is only to recognize their grandeur and generosity, and their heart-breaking longing.
Patricia Hampl, "The New York Times Book Review"
With "Earthly Measures, " Edward Hirsch breaks through the ring of fire and captures his Muse. The voice is now uncannily his own; uncanny because we believe we have heard it before, yet the accents are unearthly and utterly fresh. Like his poem on Art Pepper, this voice also hears the chords of Stevens and Celan, but knows that play solo means going on alone, improvising.
Harold Bloom
Edward Hirsch is one of the finest poets we have He has wonderful gifts to offer us: a strong, touching narrative voice; alert, mindful eye; the moral energy that informs his manner of writing and his choice of subjects; a desire to reach his readers, bring them into the world he observes, creates.
Robert Coles
I can t think of any contemporary whose poems have such an unfeigned urgency of feeling. At the same time, Hirsch's poems have a considered richness in them, and greatly repay rereading.
Richard Wilbur.

About the Author
Edward Hirsch is a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry.A MacArthur fellow, he has published eight books of poems and four books of prose. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Rome Prize, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. He serves as president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and lives in Brooklyn.