Special Orders is not my favorite Hirsh, as it lacks some energy and insight of earlier work. The poems in this collection that grab me are the less straightforwardly autobiographical, the less reality based: "A Few Encounters with My Face," "Man Without a Face," and "To My Shadow." Still, I admire the quietness of the book and the willingness to talk about things like joy.
Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PS3558 .I64 S64 2008
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Anna Leahy, Assistant Professor, Department of English