Title: SPECIAL ORDERS - Rare Fine Copy of The First...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 70 pages. Published in 2008. The author's seventh collection of poems. One of Edward Hirsch's finest collections. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Edward Hirsch's "Special Orders". "Brings its demotic, heartfelt, autobiographical pieces together to form a picture of Hirsch's whole life, with sadness always visible, but joy in the foreground. Many will be moved by the frankness and vulnerability of these difficult self-assessments. One might expect that the more adept and practiced the poet, the more intricate and elaborate the poems. Yet the opposite often occurs as the poet seeks the essence of the matter at hand. Continues to inlay his radiant poems with intriguing literary, mythological, and historical allusions. Yet he never fails to be clear and emotionally present, and in these masterfully distilled poems, he achieves even greater degrees of immediacy and intimacy. Hirsch trusts language's power to illuminate and heal, and his achingly beautiful poems do nothing less" (Booklist). "I'm now more than halfway to the grave / but I'm not half the man I meant to become" (Edward Hirsch). An absolute "must-have" title for Edward Hirsch collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Edward Hirsch. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. He also crossed out his printed name. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many copies available online are subsequent printings or have serious flaws. A rare signed copy thus. "Earthly Measures" is regarded by Harold Bloom as one of the canonical works of the 20th century. One of the greatest poets of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDWARD HIRSCH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0307266818. Bookseller Inventory # 19031
Synopsis: 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?
About the Author: Edward Hirsch is the author of six previous collections of poetry, including Wild Gratitude, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has also published four prose books, among them How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry, a national best seller. He has received numerous awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship, and publishes regularly in a wide variety of magazines and journals, including The American Poetry Review and The New Yorker. A longtime teacher in the creative writing program at the University of Houston, he is now the president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He lives in New York City.
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