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Hirsch, Edward. LAY BACK THE DARKNESS: POEMS. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 80 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's sixth 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 Edward Hirsch's "Lay Back In Darkness". It includes, in all its Classical allusiveness and poised perfection, "Under A Wild Green Fig Tree: The Hades Sonnets": "I was sentenced to the punishment / filed along with other tormented spirits / where I vowed to remember the ghostly / and baleful blue undersongs of Hades / and return with them to the waking world". But the stunner is real life, especially the ones touched by the barbarisms called History and Destiny: "Two Suitcases of Children's Drawings From Terezin, 1942-1944" (works from a set of found drawings from the Terezin concentration camp) : "When the locks were unfastened / the drawings spilled over / like a waterfall / and everyone was drenched". 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 contemporary classic. 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 0375415211. $100.00

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