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A reissuing of For the Sleepwalkers, poems by Edward Hirsch.


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A reissuing of For the Sleepwalkers, poems by Edward Hirsch.

30 review for For the Sleepwalkers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Janée Baugher

    Some ekphrastic poems, some poems on travel/journey. Beautiful and exquisite. I must own this collection it-where to find it, as it was published in 1981.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    I'll be totally honest here: I don't know what makes a poem good or bad. I'll usually have no other justification for liking a poem other than the fact that 'it sounded cool'. But I do know that when it hits, it hits hard. And Hirsch can hit me like no other poet when he's at his best. And then you discover that it doesn't even matter. And this is amazing. Because you still Have to go on danging over the starless nets and Under the nets of stars, climbing over dazed watery crowds With your chipmunk's I'll be totally honest here: I don't know what makes a poem good or bad. I'll usually have no other justification for liking a poem other than the fact that 'it sounded cool'. But I do know that when it hits, it hits hard. And Hirsch can hit me like no other poet when he's at his best. And then you discover that it doesn't even matter. And this is amazing. Because you still Have to go on danging over the starless nets and Under the nets of stars, climbing over dazed watery crowds With your chipmunk's passion for movement, for circles. And now whenever someone is repelled by your body You think of the unspeakable reservoirs of the mind, The silt, and the way a lake can continue rippling Long after the last pebbles have finally disappeared. Or how a vacancy rises up to surround the violent shock Of a single rifle fired once on a pond in early winter. Look, the ducks are sliding away from us toward the stars Although the stars, millions of miles beyond, are already dead. Sometimes when you stare up into their black, leafless vines You can feel the awe, the silence and awe, And the wind flapping against ropes and canvas sides. Because you know now that whenever you move There are whole centuries moving behind you. Fossils cradle in your bones. The deepest oceans Rise in your bird blood, yes, and you can already Feel the distance in your lungs, the distance, and The stillness spreading its blank wings inside you.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eric Shaffer

    I have read a great deal of Edward Hirsch's work, but I find this early work not as impressive as the later work, which is probably how it should be. I posted an earlier version of this review, but I got to thinking that, of the poems in the book, I enjoyed "Song" most, followed by "At Kresge's Diner in Stonefalls, Arkansas." Then, the first two poems in the book appealed to me: "Song Against Natural Selection" and "Apologia for Buzzards" In this case, I am fairly sure that it was the subject ma I have read a great deal of Edward Hirsch's work, but I find this early work not as impressive as the later work, which is probably how it should be. I posted an earlier version of this review, but I got to thinking that, of the poems in the book, I enjoyed "Song" most, followed by "At Kresge's Diner in Stonefalls, Arkansas." Then, the first two poems in the book appealed to me: "Song Against Natural Selection" and "Apologia for Buzzards" In this case, I am fairly sure that it was the subject matter as well as the execution. After that, I liked the title poem, "For the Sleepwalker" and "Still Life: An Argument." If anybody asked me, I'd say read the poems I just mentioned from this book and then move on to later Hirsch work.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christine Potter

    I'd have given this book five stars if only for the title poem! But there are plenty of more really wonderful, jaw-droppingly good ones in here: "Prelude to Spring" is up there with "Spring and All" by Williams as my favorite on the topic. There's a wonderful tribute to Marianne Moore. I'm also really taken by the language incredible imaginative leaps in the group of poems at the end of this book, "The Dark Sun". I'd have given this book five stars if only for the title poem! But there are plenty of more really wonderful, jaw-droppingly good ones in here: "Prelude to Spring" is up there with "Spring and All" by Williams as my favorite on the topic. There's a wonderful tribute to Marianne Moore. I'm also really taken by the language incredible imaginative leaps in the group of poems at the end of this book, "The Dark Sun".

  5. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    Strong, bold poems on a variety of topics and people: owls, painters (Matisse, Klee), poets (Marianne Moore, Rilke), sex, death. The title poem is especially great and suspenseful. I felt like Hirsch was all over the place in this collection, but I suppose there is no rule that your book of poems has to be cohesive as a unit.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Holly Walrath

  7. 4 out of 5

    May͛a

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ann Michael

  9. 4 out of 5

    J & J

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laure-anne

  11. 5 out of 5

    Richard

  12. 4 out of 5

    Judson

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Gehres

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eddy

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sean

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Kiernan

  18. 5 out of 5

    Herbert Edwards

  19. 5 out of 5

    Quadrotextual

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

  21. 4 out of 5

    Derick

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Leis

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anna

  24. 5 out of 5

    Abel

  25. 4 out of 5

    John Fritzell

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  27. 5 out of 5

    John Houser

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mark Fleckenstein

  29. 4 out of 5

    George Hardy

  30. 4 out of 5

    Richard

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