For the Sleepwalkers


A reissuing of For the Sleepwalkers, poems by Edward Hirsch.
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A reissuing of For the Sleepwalkers, poems by Edward Hirsch.
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What People Are Saying

Peter Stitt
“The poems of Edward Hirsch turn out to be exceptional. . . . These poems of wonder and consolation comment on the world, lovely and rapacious by turns, that we all inhabit.”
William Meredith
“A perfectly astonishing book.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394749082
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/1981
  • Series: Knopf Poetry Ser. , #4
  • Pages: 84

Meet the Author

EDWARD HIRSCH has published four books of poems: For the Sleepwalkers (1981), Wild Gratitude (1986), The Night Parade (1989), and Earthly Measures (1994). He was the winner of The Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award and the Lavan Younger Poets Award.
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Table of Contents

Song Against Natural Selection 3
Apologia for Buzzards 4
Dusk 5
Poets, Children, Soldiers 6
"Dance You Monster to My Soft Song!" 7
A Valentine from Rimbaud 8
Insomnia 10
Cocks 11
How to Get Back to Chester 21
Gerard de Nerval: Fairy Tale for a Whore 22
At the Grave of Marianne Moore 24
The Sweatshop Poem 25
At Kresge's Diner in Stonefalls, Arkansas 26
Garbage 28
Reminiscence of Carousels and Civil War 30
Christopher Smart 32
For the Sleepwalkers 34
Prelude to Spring 37
With Isaac Babel in Odessa 38
Interlude During War: Paul Klee 39
Still Life: An Argument 40
Matisse 42
The Enigma: Rilke 44
Equinox 46
Regret 47
Dance of the Moon 48
A Walk with Vallejo in Paris 50
Little Political Poem 55
Factories 56
A Letter 57
Walking the Upper West Side, with Lorca 58
A True Account of the Fabulous Ascent of a Unicorn with a Retarded Girl in New York City Last Night 60
Denial 63
Nightsong: Ferris Wheel by the Sea 64
The Acrobat 66
Song 70
Sonata 73
A Chinese Vase 74
Impressions: Monet 76
The River Merchant: A Letter Home 78
And So It Begins Again 79
The Dark Sun I. Proem: Early Morning 80
The Dark Sun II. Parable of Wyverns 81
The Dark Sun III. Cantata for a Dutch Elm 82
The Dark Sun IV. Dusk: Elegy for the Dark Sun 83
Transfigured Night, Come Down to Me, Slowly 84
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