Edward Hirsch to present ‘The Heart of American Poetry at Charter Books on May 11

Charter Books will host a presentation and book signing by Edward Hirsch, author of The Heart of American Poetrya collection of deeply personal readings of forty essential American poems from the past four centuries.

On Wednesday, May 11 at 6:00pm, Edward Hirsch will speak and read from the book, followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Among the forty American poems featured in the book is an encounter with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “The Jewish Cemetery at Newport” from 1854. This beloved and heavily anthologized poem was composed after Longfellow stumbled across the historic cemetery at the corner of Touro and Kay Streets here in Newport during a visit in the 1830s. In the new book, Hirsch explores this poem and many others, including Emma Lazarus’ rebuttal to Longfellow with 1871’s “In The Jewish Synagogue at Newport.”

An acclaimed poet and our greatest champion for poetry offers an inspiring and insightful new reading of the American tradition.

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