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Edward Hirsch was eight years old when he learned to love poetry through reading a verse from Emily Brontë's poem "Spellbound" among his grandfather's books. Hirsch is the poetry editor of DoubleTake magazine, and his essays have been published in the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, American Poetry Review and the Paris Review. He writes a column on poetry for the Washington Post. His first collection of verse, "For the Sleepwalkers" (1981) received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University. His second collection, "Wild Gratitude," received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1986. His book "How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry" was a best-seller in 1999.