“Jack Hirschman Birthday Poem” by Diane di Prima
From City Lights Bookstore:
"We are saddened by the loss of our friend, the poet Jack Hirschman. He passed away on August, 22, 2021 at the age of 87. To remember him, we’re sharing this incredible poem by Diane di Prima with a lovely story behind it.
We held an 80th birthday party for Jack at the bookstore back in 2013. Diane was sitting in the audience waiting for her turn to speak. As she sat in the crowd, she began to write in her notebook as the event unfolded. Then, when it was her turn, she got up and read this.
RIP Jack, we love you."