All That's Left
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 4
Word! Poets and Songwriters Movie Program
Nov 9, 2009
"If you're in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Check Out: Word! Poets and Songwriters Movie Program
Monday Nov 9 through Wednesday Nov 11
Fresh, new films about poets and songwriters including Kerouac, Ferlinghetti, Olson, Sandburg, Creeley, Waldman, and Sanders, plus some of New Mexico's best poets get screen time in this first annual series dedicated to the spoken & written word. Feature length films include 'Red Poet: Jack Hirschman' directed by Matt Furey."
Poets laureate...yes, that's how you say it
Apr 3, 2008
"Of course, there were some shenanigans. Jack Hirschman, San Francisco’s poet laureate and a poet with some seriously rambunctious street-cred, was being his flirtatious self (which just proves that poetry keeps you healthy)."
Bibliolatry, Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review
"Hirschman, a vibrant 75 years full o’ fun, still cleaves to his politics, an unrepentant, unreconstructed Red (which would explain why he’s such a good fit for San Francisco—he makes conservatives and liberals alike feel mainstream). Man, that guy gets around. Then he writes poetry about it. . .This is a wonderful little collection, full of San Francisco, and a fitting note on which to close this year’s National Poetry Month."
Exquisite Corpse—Journal of Letters and Life
"[All That's Left demonstrates the] impressive poesy corpus of this energetic and inspired man. In this collection, muscular and raw political outrage is interspersed with hommage to poet-friends now gone, Bob Kaufman and Jack Kerouac."
Big Little Books
Jul 20, 2008
America's best-selling indie poetry book, according to Small Press Distribution, a nonprofit distributor that represents books by some 450 small publishers, is Aram Saroyan’s crafty "Complete Minimal Poems." The list below, from the S.P.D. Web site (www.spdbooks.org), reflects sales in March and April.
1) “Complete Minimal Poems,” by Aram Saroyan (Ugly Duckling).
2) “Poeta en San Francisco,” by Barbara Jane Reyes (Tinfish).
3) “All That’s Left,” by Jack Hirschman (City Lights).
Dwight Garner, New York Times
"Political poet and revolutionary, Jack Hirschman is from an older school of dissent. The poems collected in All That's Left showcase his tenure as poet laureate of San Francisco . . . Subjects span Katrina and Virginia Tech, our war, our parents’ war and their parents’ war, and the verse is deliberately blatant and unflinching. The majority of the poems are invested in the truth of things, much more than their beauty . . . if you’ve picketed in the last week, or you’re an informed and compassionate individual, then Hirschman is your man."
American Book Review
"In Jack Hirschman's All That's Left, a book that commemorates his appointment as San Francisco 'Poet Laureate,' we see a personification of [the] two sides of San Francisco poetry—the impulse to change the world through social protest poetry, and the Beat impulse to view the world more personally and also on a spiritual plane . . . . A lovely homage to a recently deceased street poet . . . [is] witty and supple and personal and beatific . . . . [In title poem 'All That's Left,' his] calm lines balance out the political rhetoric of earlier poems and suggest a wise self-knowledge hard-won by an admirable man who has spent his life laboring on the right side of dozens of causes."