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Monday, May 24, 2002

This Is Jack Hirschman

Jack Hirschman has served San Francisco for years as one of the cityís unofficial poets laureate. A longtime resident of North Beach, he spends many mornings in the vicinity of Vallejo and Grant, his rangy frame curled over a table in CaffŤ Trieste or stretched out on the sunlit steps of St. Francis of Assisi, across the street. An artist as well as a poet, his paintings make frequent appearances in local galleries.

Hirschman is known equally well for his political activism, which takes many forms from participation in street demonstrations to publishing translations of radical poets. His passionate commitment to lifting up the downtrodden infuses his poetry as well.

The following presents an introduction to Hirschmanís life and work; an interview with Hirschman by the Italian poet Marco Nieli can be found at www.leftcurve.com/LC25WebPages/JackIntr.html:

Fifteen Poems by Jack Hirschman

Let's Bellyache! Matt Gonzalez reviews Suicide Circus: Selected Poems by Alexei Kruchenykh

Jack Hirschman: A bibliography, by Jack Hirschman & Matt Gonzalez

CHOROSHO! An Auto/Biographical Sketch of Jack Hirschman, by Jack Hirschman & Matt Gonzalez


[The photo at the top of the page is by Jean Dierkes-Carlisle.]