Treasure Island

Edward Hirsch

(20 January 1950 / Chicago)

Quotations

  • ''A hook shot kisses the rim and
    hangs there, helplessly, but doesn't drop

    and for once our gangly starting center
    boxes out his man and times his jump

    perfectly, gathering the orange leather
    from the air like a cherished possession''
    Edward Hirsch (b. 1950), U.S. poet. Fast Break (l. 1-6). . . Direction of Poetry, The; an Anthology of Rhymed and Metered Verse Written in the English Language since 1975. Robert Richman, ed. (1988) Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Branch Library

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.

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