Longlisted for the 2014 nationwide e-book Award

Never has there been a booklet of poems really like Gabriel, within which a brief lifestyles, a bewildering dying, and the unanswerable sorrow of a father come jointly in the sort of sustained elegy. This unabashed series speaks at once from Hirsch’s center to our personal, with no sentimentality. From its commencing lines—“The funeral director opened the coffin / And there he was once on my own / From the waist up”—Hirsch’s account is poignantly direct and open to the unusual vicissitudes and tips of grief. In propulsive three-line stanzas, he tells the tale of ways a as soon as unstoppable baby, who suffered from quite a few developmental problems, become an irreverent younger grownup, humorous, rebellious, impulsive. Hirsch mixes his story of Gabriel with the tales of alternative poets throughout the centuries who've additionally misplaced young ones, and expresses his emotions via theirs. His landmark poem enters the vast flow of human grief and increases in us the unusual desire, even comfort, that we discover within the writer’s act of witnessing and transformation. it will likely be learn and reread.  

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