Front Lines
Front Lines
Pocket Poets Number 55

In the activist verse of this poetic warrior, always committed, the real world is never out of mind, even in his most intimate poems. Kabbalist, populist, and communist, Hirschman has published over sixty books of his own poetry, and this representative selection is a cross-section of his poetic output, spanning many years and mutations. When he reads aloud, the words take fire, and on the page they crackle and spark.

"Hirschman is tender but tough, with a steel fist in his velvet glove."—San Francisco Chronicle

"What this poet brings to us, beyond ideology, is the simple truth that we already know and so immediately recognize: we have to stop hating each other, killing each other, raping each other, and start loving each other."—Poet News

"One of the left's most prolific and consistent poetic voices."—Contemporary Poets

"For a poet as prolific as Jack Hirschman, the 224 pages of his new City Lights book Front Lines—a selected poems covering a half-century of work from 1952 to 2001—gives us only a fraction of his gargantuan output over that long, productive arc. (With over one hundred books of original work and translations at last count.) With a deft touch, he has lifted many of the best poems from these years, giving us a consolidated, if not a "best of" Hirschman reader, in which the turning of each page causes something of a small epiphany, if not outright cause for celebration."—Asheville Poetry Review

"The publication of Front Lines . . . serves as an appropriate celebration of Jack Hirschman's 70th birthday and his staying power as a poet of conscience."—Bloomsbury Review

Title Front Lines
Subtitle Pocket Poets Number 55
Publisher City Lights Publishers
BISAC Subject Heading POE000000 POETRY
Title First Published 01 August 2002
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 128 p.
ISBN-10 0872864006
ISBN-13 9780872864009
Publication Date 01 August 2002
Main content page count 128
Dimensions 4.9 x 6.3 in.
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $18.95

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