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poetry 2003


Jane Hirshfield
Jane Hirshfield
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Jane Hirshfield's poetry, called "radiant and passionate" by the New York Times Book Review, expresses the interconnection of human and natural worlds. Through five collections of poems, her work addresses the life of the passions, the way the objects and events of everyday life are informed by deeper wisdoms, and the darkness, losses, and fracturing that are also our shared fate. Whether writing about aging, ink, the Velvet Revolutions of Eastern Europe, or the heart as an origami-like field assuming ever different shapes, Hirshfield searches continually for the points where new knowledge of the world and self may appear. Resonantly clear and shapely, her poems hold penetrating feeling and insight in a clean and moving marriage of image and statement. Hirshfield's essays on "the mind of poetry" have been called by The Japan Times "an indispensable manual for any writer"; Ploughshares magazine has said that Hirshfield's prose "reinvigorates our thinking about art" and called Nine Gates "surely one of the most eloquent books ever written about poetry." In addition, by compiling two widely read anthologies collecting the work of women poets from the past, Hirshfield has helped create a widened awareness of the long literary record of women's spiritual and emotional lives. As writer, public reader, and teacher, Hirshfield demonstrates an intimate and profound mastery of her art, and both her readings and workshops are much in demand. A former visiting associate professor at UC Berkeley, Elliston Visiting Poet at the University of Cincinnati, and lecturer in University of San Francisco's Masters in Writing program, Hirshfield is currently on the faculty of the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars; she has served as a guest poet at the Universities of Alaska, Minnesota, Alabama, and Michigan, as well as summer conferences and writers centers throughout the country.

"Hirshfield's poems renew, reaffirm the power of language to move deeply, to articulate experience precisely . . . Her poems are meant to endure." --- The Antioch Review

Jane Hirshfield is the author of five collections of poetry: Given Sugar, Given Salt, The Lives of the Heart, The October Palace, Of Gravity & Angels, and Alaya, as well as a book of essays on poetry, Nine Gates. She also edited and co-translated two poetry anthologies: The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Komachi & Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan and Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women. Hirshfield's honors include The Poetry Center Book Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, Columbia University's Translation Center Award, the Commonwealth Club of California Poetry Medal, and the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Nation, The American Poetry Review, and many other Publications.

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