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Special orders : poems

Author: Edward Hirsch; Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.,
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poems
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Hirsch; Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.,
ISBN: 9780307266811 0307266818 9780375711558 0375711554
OCLC Number: 166358515
Description: viii, 64 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Special orders --
Cotton candy --
Branch library --
Playing the odds --
My father's track-and-field medal --
Cold calls --
Second-story warehouse --
Swimmers --
Chardin exhibition --
On the Rhine --
Kraków, 6 a.m. --
Elegy for the Jewish villages --
Soutine : a show of still lifes --
Minimalist museum --
Self-portrait --
Few encounters with my face --
Man without a face --
To my shadow --
More than halfway --
Partial history of my stupidity --
Late March --
Green night --
To D.B. --
Bounty --
To Houston --
Eighteen steps --
Charades --
Boy with a headset --
Green figs --
Sweetness --
To lethargy --
Gnostic Gospels --
New theology --
Happiness writes white --
I wish I could paint you --
To the subway --
As I walked home from the hospital --
Green couch --
Night in September --
After a long insomniac night.
Responsibility: 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.'"--Book jacket.

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