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Edward Hirsch

Poetry

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20190621, 20170616

In the second part of this conversation, poet and "MacArthur genius" Edward Hirsch discusses how the sudden death of his son inspired his 2014 book Gabriel: A Poem, which was longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award and won the National Jewish Book Award. Though he had written elegiac poetry in the past, this book length poem proved especially difficult to create. Describing it as "a father's book," he reveals the challenges of capturing the spirit of his son while also telling his own story of grief. Hirsch also talks about how he referenced other poets in history who wrote about losing children and the ways in which this helped him process his grief. The first part of this conversation in available in our audio archives.

| Subject Matter: Family, Grief, Fatherhood | Interview Year: 2016 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: National Book Critics Circle Award, MacArthur Fellowship |

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