Elegy for a Son

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Three years ago, Edward Hirsch’s son Gabriel died at 22. Gabriel had gone to a party, where he was given a drug that sent him into cardiac arrest. For months afterward, his father,Edward Hirsch, was so overwhelmed by grief, he couldn’t function at work. But eventually, he turned to a familiar outlet. Hirsch is a poet, with eight published books to his name. He started writing down everything he could remember about his son. That exercise turned into “Gabriel: A poem,” a 78-page elegy published this month.

Credits

Guest:
Edward Hirsch - Author of “Gabriel: A Poem.” President of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Andrew Walsh, Christian Bordal, Matt Holzman, Jolie Myers, Anna Scott