Edward Hirsch On Reading Poetry

Edward M Hirsch (January 20, 1950 -)

Read these poems to yourself in the middle of the night. Turn on a single lamp and read the poem while you’re alone in an otherwise dark room or while someone else sleeps next to you. Read them whem you’re wide awake in the early morning, fully alert. Say them over to yourself in a place where silence reigns and the din of the culture – the constant buzzing noise that surrounds us – has momentarily stopped. These poems have  come from a great distance to find you… “Attentiveness is the natural prayer of the soul.”