Branch Library

By Edward Hirsch b. 1950 Edward Hirsch
I wish I could find that skinny, long-beaked boy
who perched in the branches of the old branch library.

He spent the Sabbath flying between the wobbly stacks
and the flimsy wooden tables on the second floor,   

pecking at nuts, nesting in broken spines, scratching
notes under his own corner patch of sky.

I'd give anything to find that birdy boy again
bursting out into the dusky blue afternoon

with his satchel of scrawls and scribbles,
radiating heat, singing with joy.

"Branch Library", from Special Orders by Edward Hirsch, copyright © 2003 by Edward Hirsch. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.

Source: Special Orders (Random House Inc., 2008)

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Poet Edward Hirsch b. 1950

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Living, School & Learning, Cities & Urban Life, Social Commentaries, Youth, Activities, Poetry & Poets, Arts & Sciences, Indoor Activities

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Poet and author Edward Hirsch has built a reputation as an attentive and elegant writer and reader of poetry. Over the course of eight collections of poetry, four books of criticism, and the long-running  “Poet’s Choice” column in the Washington Post, Hirsch has transformed the quotidian into poetry in his own work, as well as demonstrated his adeptness at explicating the nuances and shades of feeling, tradition, and craft at . . .

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SUBJECT Living, School & Learning, Cities & Urban Life, Social Commentaries, Youth, Activities, Poetry & Poets, Arts & Sciences, Indoor Activities

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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