Edward Hirsch is generally regarded as one of the most important living American poets. About Hirsch, the great and venerable poet Richard Wilbur has said "I can't think of any contemporary whose poems have such an unfeigned urgency of feeling-- at the same time, Hirsch's poems have a considered richness in them, and repay rereading."
All poets secretly wish to write poems that touch the reader's emotions so deeply they break or grow the reader's heart. The rest is craft. To move a reader is to change the world. Some poets try to do this with pyrotechnical language, some with astonishing metaphors, some with new and dangerous subject matter. No American poet touches and enlarges the reader’s heart more consistently, more honestly, and more generously than does Edward Hirsch. Since bursting on the scene in 1981 with his debut book For the Sleepwalkers
, Hirsch has written poems that are distinguished for shining an intelligent light into the dark corners where life hides its sweetness and heartbreak. His recently published The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems
provides new poems that reconfirm what’s best about this special poet, as well as a useful sampling of his "greatest hits" from past books.
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Jim Hunter Quartet
The Jim Hunter Quartet features some of the finest jazz players in New England – including saxophonist Steve Marien, Peter Emanuel on piano, Nathan Lassell on drums, and Mr. Hunter on Bass.
Steve Marien certainly brings an expertise to his craft — an expertise honed throughout 30 years with performances in Connecticut and the region. A versatile performer on the tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, Steve has performed and recorded with the swing quartet Razamataz, with rhythm and blues band The Hornets and with free jazz artist Mike Murray. Throughout his jazz career, Steve has also been a member of many bands including the show band Top Shelf, oldies trio The Thamesmen, Top 40 groups A Little Night Music and Times Square, jazz fusion ensemble Total Eclipse, club favorite Sugar Daddy and jazz ensemble Jim Hunter Quartet.