Ernest Hilbert

Rookie - 237 Points (April 4th,1970 / Philadelphia)

Biography of Ernest Hilbert

Ernest Hilbert poet

Ernest Hilbert is the author of three collection of poetry, Sixty Sonnets, All of You on the Good Earth, and Caligulan, which was selected as winner of the 2017 Poets’ Prize. He lives in Philadelphia where he works as a rare book dealer, opera librettist, and book reviewer for The Washington Post. His poem “Mars Ultor” appears in Best American Poetry 2018.

Ernest Hilbert's Works:

Sixty Sonnets (2009) , All of You on the Good Earth (2013) , Caligulan (2015) .

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The Suit

He arrived in the city and before long it began to snow.
The smell of spices and meats fried in oils
Filled the cold. Tire-grey drifts glutted the streets.
Snow flurried like thick wet motes of ash.

He wanted to write a script, a movie script about life in the city,
But first he would have to live in the city and think
About writing a script there. He went to the Salvation Army
And found an old suit, navy blue with pinstripes,

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