Reports Tribute to Jack Hirschman


Death is Unavoidable, But Poets Will Live Forever

—A Tribute to Jack Hirschman at the “Resisting Barriers, Embracing World Poets” Poetry Reading

By Jidi Majia
Translated by Jami Proctor Xu

For a long time, I’ve had an ineffable worry, because Jack Hirschman looked as if he had aged a bit more. Each time I saw him, there were some obvious changes. First it was a slightly unsteady gait, then it was needing a walking stick when going out, and later it was needing a wheelchair when going up or down stairs. I remember the last time he came to China was when he was invited to participate in the Third Chengdu International Poetry Week. When we went to Du Fu’s Thatched Cottage, Kuanzhai Alley, and the Jinsha Museum, we made special arrangements ahead of time to prepare a wheelchair and to have one of our male volunteers be in charge of taking care of him. Perhaps due to the powerful charisma he had as a poet, each time he got on stage to read or give a speech, or when he gave group media interviews, his eyes would immediately emit vibrant rays of light that radiated in all directions. In this way, he was similar to the Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Especially when listening to his deep, resonant voice reading poetry in English, that ineffable worry would completely disappear from my consciousness.

62 acts in 40 Countries

Start At Specs´ for the second line
To Cafe Trieste to Washington Square Park.
Colectivo de poetas "La Juntanza"
Homenaje a Jack Hirschman, Santa Elena, Medellín, Colombia -oresencial y online. Organizado por Andrés Uribe Botero, Colombia.
Casa de Poesía
Event in his memory. -live and video-recorded contributions- Presentation of the fourth volume ′The Arcanes′: his most important and extensive work. Exhibition of his pictorial works. Presentation of archive with a series of videos.
Movement "RealismTerminal"
Milan, with connections from Rome, Bari, Salerno. Guido Oldani, founder of Terminal Realism. Giuseppe Langella Donatella Massimilla Chiara Canta da Roma Daniele Maria Pegorari Sergio Iagulli (Casa of Poetry Baronissi) Marina Bignotti (Alda Merini Association) Giusi Busceti (House of Poetry at Trotter) Tania Di Malta