Jennifer Michael Hecht is the author of two previous books of poetry, The Next Ancient World (2001), which won the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award, and Funny (2005). She is the author of the best seller Doubt: A History (2003). Her other books include The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism, and Anthropology in France (2003), which won the Phi Beta Kappa Society's Ralph Waldo Emerson Award in intellectual history, and Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It (2013). She earned her PhD in the history of science from Columbia University in 1995 and now teaches in the MFA program of the School of Writing at the New School, in New York City. Hecht lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their two children.
Who Said, Jennifer Michael Hecht's brilliant third collection of poetry, playfully asks that perpetual question, effecting mischievous congress with some of the most iconic poems in the English language. Poems such as Keats's "To Autumn," Blake's "The Tyger," Bishop's "One Art," and more—solve the book's cryptograms to discover the poems referenced throughout—are directly called upon to infuse Hecht's own poems with sharp, witty satire, and the raw longings they mask. Who Said outwardly deals with the classical and celebrated as it also reveals the deeply personal peregrinations of an acutely aware woman—poet, philosopher, friend—fearlessly examining the struggles of life and love, from which not everyone emerges.
"If there is a fourth wall in reading, Hecht has broken it... Split into nine short sections, where the often formal poems refer to each other, [Who Said] embodies, in turn, defiance and curiosity."
"Jennifer Michael Hecht writes delightfully tricky poems that wildly bend the sense of our language."
Copper Canyon Press