Poet's Choice, Edward Hirsh (author of "How to Read a Poem")
has again attempted to bring poetry to readers of popular
books. And this is no small task, as it becomes necessary:
1) for casual readers to learn how to read poetry, and 2)
for casual readers to even bother with poetry.
To a poet, these words must sound
incredible, but I have no idea how many writers out there
are "on fire" for poetry in their hearts, but completely
disheartened because only a few scholarly journals and the
like seem to really show interest.
To a bookseller, the same must be
apparent, for the "poetry section" in almost any large
bookstore is given but a few paltry shelves - sort of a
token poet arrangement.
Hirsch wisely solves this problem by
starting with a brief and readable introduction followed by
his carefully selected poetry, each introduced with a
minimum of background and wisdom.
For those readers who have too little time
or patience, or perhaps too little appreciation for higher
literary forms, here is a convenient package that can
transport you into new adventures. I recommend that you at
least give Edward Hirsch a try.
- Bruce Cook, Ph.D.