The new issue of The Pedestal Magazine is online, and features an excellent interview with poet Edward Hirsch. I met Hirsch at a conference a few years back, and still recall sitting in the audience, stunned, as he read from a poem that mentioned my grandmother’s hometown: Mannheim, Germany. (The last place I expected to be reminded of my grandmother’s European hometown had to be that middle-of-America conference location: Tulsa, Oklahoma.) But Hirsch’s grandfather hailed from Mannheim, too. I’ve sensed a kinship with Hirsch, and taken a special interest in his work, ever since.