Jack Hirschman

Jack Hirschman has been working with Swimming with Elephants Publications since 2015 publishing several short collections and translation.

He is the emeritus 4th Poet Laureate of the City of San Francisco (2006-2009) and has published or edited more than 100 books of poetry and essays, including translations from ten languages: Mayakovski (Russian), Neruda (Spanish), Artaud (French), Lombardo (Italian), Celan (German), Laraque (Haitian), Gjakova (Albanian), Gogou (Greek), Glik (Yiddish) and Nwadike (Swedish), among many others.

His own major work is The Arcanes, (2006) published by Multimedia Edizioni of Salerno, Italy in the American language in which the two Arcanes in this book appear. It is a 1,000 page book of his longer poems, which he calls Arcanes, and a 2nd massive volume of more than 150 new Arcanes are scheduled to be published by the same publisher in 2015.

He is a founding member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade of San Francisco, and the World Poetry Movement in Medellin, Colombia.

Passion, Provocation and Prophecy (Swimming with Elephants Publications 2015)  serves as an ode to Pier Paulo Pasolini. Beginning with an interview between Jack Hirschman and Justin Desmangles, and followed by two arcanes written by Hirschman, which reflect on the man Pasolini was.

Bekimi I Nënës/ A Mother’s Blessing, (Swimming with Elephants Publications 2018)is a full length collection of poetry by Jusef Gërvalla, translated by Jack Hirschman and Idlir Azizaj. This is the first time this collection, originally published by the Naim Frashëri Publishing House, in Tirana, Albania in 1983, is translated in the English Language.

Pina Bausch (Swimming with Elephants Publications 2018) was written in french by Werner Lambersy. This short book serves as an homage to Pina Bausch, an extraordinary modern dancer. The English translation by Jack Hirschman, serves as a continued remembrance to not only an amazing dancer but the poet whom she inspired.

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