“Hirsch’s poem Gabriel, is as raw, as relentless in its inconsolability, as anything I’ve read.” –David Ulin, Los Angeles Times
“Part tribute; part existential howl; part intellectual investigation of our most primal emotions; part novella-like, buoyant, unsentimental romp through the life of Hirsch’s ‘wild spirit, beloved son…’”–Emily Rapp, New York Times Book Review
“Hirsch’s lightening-lit portrait of and surging lament for his hurricane of a son is a courageous, generous, and reverberating epic of fatherly love and mourning.”–Donna Seaman, Booklist, starred reivew
“Embedded within Gabriel is a picaresque novella about a tempestuous boy and young man, a part Hirsch calls ‘the adventures of Gabriel…’ [The poet] Eavan Boland described Gabriel as ’a masterpiece of sorrow. . . the creation of the loved and lost boy is one of the poem’s most important effects.'”–Alec Wilkinson, The New Yorker
“Unpunctuated, unrhymed triplets serve Hirsch’s grief and tell his story well. . . a near-unforgettable book-length verse memoir describing the life and death, the rambunctious childhood, the adventurous youth, the funeral, and the enduring memory, of the poet’s only son.”–Publishers Weekly
“Gabriel resists sentimentality at every line break, though it is the most heartfelt poem I have read.”–Tim Adams, The Observer
“Gabriel is an exquisite document of loss.”–Michael Andor Brodeur, Boston Globe
From the Hardcover edition.