"We walked on the bridge over the Chicago River
for what turned out to be the last time,
and I ate cotton candy, that sugary air,
that sweet blue light spun out of nothingness."

Today’s Dear Poet video features former Academy of American Poets Chancellor Edward Hirsch, author of several books of poems and prose, most recently Gabriel (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014); A Poet’s Glossary (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014); and The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 2011).

Watch Edward Hirsch reading his poem “Cotton Candy” for Dear Poet, an education project for National Poetry Month. Young people grades five through twelve are invited to send us their letters in response, for a chance to have them featured in April.

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