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“A radiant and passionate collection” --Carol Muske, The New York Times Book Review   “Hirshfield’s verbal power lies in a stunning physicality and the seductively rich music that such physicality engenders. She writes for readers who have lived a little, that is to say, a lot; who have lost, and grieved, and know how painful the capacity to love can be.” --Kathleen Norris, The Hungry Mind Review “The probably unspeakeable plenitude of the empirical world: Jane Hirshfield’s poems recognize it at every point.” --Stephen Yenser, The Yale Review   “Hirshfield’s flood subject is the process of incarnation, or metamorphosis. She loves best the moment when the heart, not the mind, says yes to its ache to enter into the world again, accepts the certainty of hunger, sorrow, and death, in the name of...
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“A radiant and passionate collection”

--Carol Muske, The New York Times Book Review

 

“Hirshfield’s verbal power lies in a stunning physicality and the seductively rich music that such physicality engenders. She writes for readers who have lived a little, that is to say, a lot; who have lost, and grieved, and know how painful the capacity to love can be.”

--Kathleen Norris, The Hungry Mind Review

“The probably unspeakeable plenitude of the empirical world: Jane Hirshfield’s poems recognize it at every point.”

--Stephen Yenser, The Yale Review

 

“Hirshfield’s flood subject is the process of incarnation, or metamorphosis. She loves best the moment when the heart, not the mind, says yes to its ache to enter into the world again, accepts the certainty of hunger, sorrow, and death, in the name of knowing “what it once owned.” Her strength comes in celebrating what she sees as being’s own aching desire to become incarnate. [..] If we were to reduce Hirshfield’s vision to one word, it would be “yes.” […] The at-homeness in these poems is profound. More even that Mary Oliver and Richard Wilbur, Hirshfield is an optative poet, a celebrant, a poet whose heart aims to hearten, a seer of beginnings and possibilities.”

--James Harris, The Virginia Quarterly]

"These are exquisite poems.”

--Booklist

 

“Hirshfield’s work possesses a quiet and intense authority. There is a stillness at the center of each poem that encourages the reader to rest meditatively and plunge deeply. The cumulative effect of this collection is hypnotic: reading it one feels as if a translucent curtain between two worlds has been pulled back; we have been allowed to glimpse mysteries, only to be reminded that they are with us all the time.

--The Women’s Review of Books

 

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About Jane

Jane Hirshfield, whose work has been called “passionate and radiant” by the New York Times Book Review, is the author of seven books of poems, most recently Come, Thief (Knopf, 2011) and After (HarperCollins, 2006; Bloodaxe Books (UK), 2006), which was named...

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