Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield
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Jane Hirshfield is an award-winning poet, essayist, translator, and is the author of several collections of verse, including Come, Thief (2011), After (2006), shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot prize, and Given Sugar, Given Salt (2001), a finalist for the National Book Critics Award, among others. Hirshfield has also translated the work of early women poets in collections such as The Ink Dark Moon: Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan (1990) and Women in Praise of the Sacred: Forty-Three Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women (1994)In addition to poetry and anthologies, Hirshfield has also published a collection of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (1997).



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