Title: Wild Gratitude
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York
Publication Date: 1986
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Green cloth boards, blind stamp on back boards.Borzoi Books. Inscribed by author to Southern writer Elizabeth McBride and also signed on title page. Text does have some of McBride's pencil notes on 5 poems. Otherwise text is very clean. DJ has yellowing around the edges, 1/2" tear at front top and 1/4" tear at rear top. Wrapped in mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 00811Hi-jg
Synopsis: Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, 1986
?This is a lovely and moving collection, and it has not only the courage of its strong emotions, but the language and form that makes and keeps them clear and true.?
?Hirsch remains a poet of celebration, but the sorrows of the world are here too, in equal measure. The language is, throughout, simple, sensuous, and direct. We can be grateful for this book and this poet.?
?I have known the poetry of Edward Hirsch for some time, and have greatly admired it. But I even more greatly admire his Wild Gratitude as a general collection, and I am convinced that the best poems here are unsurpassed in our time.?
?Robert Penn Warren
Review: In Wild Gratitude, Edward Hirsch unfurls a kaleidoscope of inventive poems that honor other artists and writers, confront urban life and embrace East European fugitives, as well as eulogizing his grandparents and recollecting his youth. At their very best the poems in this collection, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, somehow merge these subjects, as is the case in "Three Journeys," which draws parallels between a bag lady's troubles and those of an artist. In all, the book offers readers a sweeping accumulation of work by a talented poet deserving of greater attention.
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