Edward Hirsch is the author of nine books of poems, including, most recently, Gabriel: A Poem. His new collection, Stranger by Night, will be published in February. 
(October 2019)


I Walked Out of the Cemetery

I put down my prayer book and sifted through a wave of fresh mourners gathering at a nearby grave. I didn’t stop to ask who’d died, I didn’t wait for the eight pallbearers lurching toward us with a casket in their hands, …

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

View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems

by Wislawa Szymborska, translated by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh
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 …