POEMS by: Hal Sirowitz

Talking During the Commercials
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The Sound of a Tree Falling
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Why There Are No More Miracles
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Hal Sirowitz

While working as a special education teacher in the New York public school system, Hal Sirowitz (b. 1949) made a name for himself in poetry slam competitions at the Nuyorican Poets Café. Then he turned his Jewish mother’s advice into a hilariously poignant collection of poems, Mother Said (1996), and it resonated with readers from around the world. Sirowitz has written 5 more volumes of poetry, including My Therapist Said (1998) and Father Said (2004).

He said, “Writing is a great experience. I get into this role and I just go with it…I get up early in the morning and I just start writing, and I have no idea of whether it’s good enough. I just go forward.”

Read our interview with Hal Sirowitz at The Writer’s Almanac Bookshelf