Jane Hirshfield’s ninth poetry collection, Ledger, a book centered on the environmental crisis and issues of social justice, will appear from Knopf in March 2020. Named by The Washington Post as “among the modern masters,” in 2017 Hirshfield founded Poets For Science. She is also the author of two now-classic books of essays, Nine Gates and Ten Windows, and the editor/co-translator of four books presenting world poets from the deep past. Her most recent book of poetry is The Beauty, long-listed for the 2015 National Book Award. A former chancellor of The Academy of American Poets, Hirshfield was elected this year to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
The journey from ignorance to seeing is made by borrowing others’ eyes. A friend points out the litter of disassembled fir cones under a tree in one place, and I become Continue reading
It begins subtly: the maple withdraws an inch from the birch tree. The porcupine wants nothing to do with the skink. Fish unschool, sheep unflock to separately graze. Clouds meanwhile declare Continue reading
What exists wants to persist. Even the knock of bamboo on bamboo spilled outward continues. And you who have lived — restless, ambitious, aggrieved. A Walter, a Shirley, a Tim. A Continue reading