Jane Hirshfield: New Poems | 2010

Reading, 2010
Jane Hirshfield

    photo by Curt Richter

    Jane Hirshfield was born in New York City and graduated from Princeton University in 1973. She studied Zen for nearly eight years at the San Francisco Zen Center, and has taught at UC Berkeley, Duke University, and Bennington College. She is the author of six books of poetry, as well as the influential prose collection Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. She has also translated and edited the works of early women poets in The Ink Dark Moon: Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu and other books. Hirshfield has said “I am interested in poems that find a clarity without simplicity; in a way of thinking and speaking that does not exclude complexity but also does not obscure; in poems that know the world in many ways at once– heart, mind, voice, and body.”

    In this recording from the 2010 Key West Literary Seminar, January 10, Hirshfield begins with “The Poet,” from her 1997 collection Lives of the Heart. The remaining poems are all new and uncollected, including “First Light Edging Cirrus,” “French Horn,” “The Supple Deer,” “Alzheimer’s,” “Left-handed Sugar,” “Vinegar and Oil,” “Sonoma Fire,” “A Day is Vast,” “One Loss Folds Itself Inside Another,” and “A Hand is Shaped for What it Holds or Makes.”

    From KWLS 2010: Clearing the Sill of the World

    This recording is available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights belong to the author. © 2010 Jane Hirshfield. Used with permission from Jane Hirshfield.

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