Edward Hirsch’s latest book of poetry, The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems, will be published in March. (February 2010)

Special Orders

Give me back my father walking the halls of Wertheimer Box and Paper Company with sawdust clinging to his shoes.   Give me back his tape measure and his keys, his drafting pencil and his order forms; give me his daydreams on lined paper.

Subversive Activities

Wislawa Szymborska, with Zbigniew Herbert and Tadeusz Rózewicz, is one of the major living Polish poets of the generation after Milosz. Of the four Szymborska is the least well-known in America, perhaps because she has remained in Poland, and because she shuns the public eye. Little is known about her …