Edward Hirsch on the Duende

August 11, 2002

Edward Hirsch, author of “How To Read A Poem” and five books of verse, has now written “The Demon and the Angel: Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration.”  He tells Anne Strainchamps that the best artists have “duende” - a kind of creative imp that puts them in touch with human emotional experience. He says you can’t control it. You just do your best and hope for the best.