Front Lines: Pocket Poets Number 55

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City Lights Books, Aug 1, 2002 - Poetry - 204 pages
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In the activist verse of this poetic warrior, always committed, the actual world is never out of mind, even in his most intimate poems. Kabbalist, populist, and communist, Hirschman has published over sixty books of his own poetry, and this representative selection is a cross-section of his poetic output, spanning many years and mutations. When he reads aloud, the words take fire, and on the page they crackle and spark.

Jack Hirschman is a San Francisco poet, translator and editor. His powerfully eloquent voice set the tone for political poetry in this country many years ago. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, plus some forty-five translations from a half a dozen languages, as well the editor of anthologies and journals.

  

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Contents

Guerrillas
1
Jackson Pollock
29
Balaban
47
Ghetto
54
Venice
70
A Village Poem
83
Workers Poem
97
Mother
112
Human Interlude
140
To Julian Beck
147
When We Tear Tomorrow Open
153
Requiem for the War Dead
160
Variation on a Spiritual
168
Whatever Its Called
176
The Open Gate
184
The Love Poem
190

Gardenia
117
The Unnameable
126
The Night
133
The Happiness
196
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Jack Hirschman (b. December 13, 1933, in New York, NY) is a poet and social activist who has written more than 50 volumes of poetry. Dismissed from teaching at UCLA for anti-war activities in 1966, he moved to San Francisco in 1973, and is the city's present poet laureate. Hirschman translates nine languages and edited the Artuad Anthology.

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