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Hirsch, Edward. THE LIVING FIRE: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 240 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of poems. One of Edward Hirsch's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents, in one lovely volume, the most representative and finest poems by Edward Hirsch. "A poet's first selected collection is a landmark, and this incandescent gathering reminds readers of just how accomplished Hirsch was right from the start" (Booklist) . "A rich and significant collection of more than one hundred poems, drawn from a lifetime of 'wild gratitude' to poetry. Confronting the darkness and his own sense of godlessness, he also struggles with the unlikely presence of the divine, the power of art to redeem human transience, and the complexity of relationships. Having put his faith in poetry, the "living fire" vitality that for Hirsch, is also pure allusiveness, he pleads thus: "Forgive me, faith, for never having any" (Edward Hirsch) . "The best poems here are unsurpassed in our time" (Robert Penn Warren) . An absolute "must-have" title for Edward Hirsch collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Edward Hirsch. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. He also crossed out his printed name. This title is a great book. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Beware: Many copies available online are subsequent printings or have serious flaws. A rare signed copy thus. "Earthly Measures" is regarded by Harold Bloom as one of the canonical works of the 20th century. One of the greatest living poets. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDWARD HIRSCH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) . ISBN 037541522X. $100.00

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