Ernest Hilbert

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Ernest Hilbert
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Ernest Hilbert’s poetry has appeared in The New Republic, American Poet, Boston Review, Poetry Daily, LIT, Pleiades, McSweeney’s, The American Scholar, Verse, The New Formalist, Volt, and Fence. He is the editor of the Contemporary Poetry Review. He has written reviews and essays for a variety of publications, including The New York Sun, Scribner’s American Writers series, and the Academy of American Poets. Hilbert received his doctorate in English Literature from Oxford University, where he earlier completed a Master’s Degree and edited the Oxford Quarterly. He was the poetry editor of Random House's online magazine Bold Type for many years and later edited the magazine nowCulture. As a ... more »

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  • Lamont Palmer (12/21/2009 10:44:00 AM)

    Good critics often write some of the best poetry. Hilbert is no exception. He is a poet of great depth and verbal dexterity without being obscure beyond comprehension. Always an interesting read. -LP

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Best Poem of Ernest Hilbert

Ecstasy Of St. Teresa

I listened to Bach for eight hours
After she left into the snow,

Disappointed with my library
And choice of whiskey—

She divested my apartment
Of her hair, denuded it of form,

Her voice and beauty—
Sauntered into late skies

Past breweries that light
The city’s edge with steam,

Leaving me with bottles and my
Old skylight

And the landlord banging on my wall
“You keep quiet now. You always

“Make too much noise in there when
Girls come and leave.”

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