Edward Hirsch and Nicholas Christopher  


To all of the Bold Type subscribers and great readers:

We happily present to you a feature with longtime favorite Nicholas Christopher and Edward Hirsch, who we welcome to New York and Bold Type with wild gratitude.

April inspires Bold Type to an unprecedented set of recordings by each poet as a gift to our readers. Poetry is a platform for thought and a passageway for meditation. Let it carry you away from winter into the rewards of spring.

Nicholas Christopher and Edward Hirsch read together at the 92nd St. Y in NYC on April 14, 2003. It was an amazing evening full of the warmth and humor that springs from the deep friendship of these poets as well as the generosity and strength of their work. We wish for all of you to experience the pleasure of each poet reading from his work in this issue of Bold Type.

Nicholas Christopher has read four poems that well-illustrate the diverse tenor of his art. Anthony Hecht has noted that, as multifaceted as Christopher's talents as a writer are, there is a cinematic power coursing through every line. That is especially true of the poems you will listen to here. To read Christopher's poetry is to witness the animation of a spirit steeped in history as it sparkles to life. In Lay Back the Darkness, Edward Hirsch has produced a collection of poems that speak with terrible beauty of the depths of love and life and loss and the unpredictability of our incarnations. His poetry transports the spirit towards the arousal of rapture. Enjoy the gorgeous humanity and anthrodeity that is alive within the roots of the poetry of Nicholas Christopher and Edward Hirsch.

Catherine McWeeney

Please note:

Bold Type has had the pleasure of featuring two out of the three incredible novels written by Nicholas Christopher. Visit the links to Franklin Flyer (which just came out in paperback) and A Trip to the Stars. You will find discussions with Christopher about his novels and poetry plus an excerpt from Christopher's Somewhere in the Night, Film Noir and the American City, an exploration of the films that define the genre. It succeeds in shining a light on the undercurrent of post WWII America with the same cool, hard intensity of the blue-black shadows that carve the hero of a film noir.

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  Photo credit for Edward Hirsch: Evin Thayer.
Photo credit for Nicholas Christopher: Marion Ettlinger

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