In his second collection of poems, Adam Kirsch examines the world we live in now, a world in which the dangers of history have invaded the pleasures of private life. His connected poems use traditional forms to create a free, contemporary music amidst the omens of the post-September 11 world. Mr. Kirsch is at home with all the strange juxtapositions of our culture: he can celebrate "the paradisal sighs" of Jane Birkin and still hear the "angelic harmonies" of Handel's Messiah; he can observe military jets trailing "stripes of smoke" and find the quiet of a synagogue in Queens. Invasions is a moving and highly personal collection, Mr. Kirsch's exploration of what he calls, with fear and hope, "the magically real."
Adam Kirsch's first book of poems, The Thousand Wells, was awarded the New Criterion Poetry Prize. Mr. Kirsch has also written two books of poetry criticism, The Wounded Surgeon and The Modern Element. He lives in New York City.