Through Poetry Center San Jose, Jane will be giving a workshop on October sixth in San Jose, CA. Although it’s pricey ($100 for PCSJ members, $120 for non members if available) it should fill up quickly, so potential member-enrollees should mail in checks today.
Tickets to her reading that evening in downtown San Jose are selling briskly.
Also, I’m posting Dana Jennings’ review of Jane’s new book, “Come, Thief.”
Poetry Center San Jose Presents
POETRY WORKSHOP WITH JANE HIRSHFIELD
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2011
Empire Fire House, History Park
Price: $100 for members only
($120 non-members if spaces remain after deadline)
Poetry Center San Jose offers members a unique opportunity to participate in a workshop with award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield on the day of her reading in San Jose. Ms. Hirshfield will lead a 3-hour session focused on craft and writing, rather than critique. Bring paper and pens, and be prepared for inspiration!
Advance reservations only! Workshop limited to only 15 participants! This offer is open to PCSJ members only through September 14. Please sign up as soon as possible. This is not available on Brown Paper Tickets!
Send your check, made out to Poetry Center San Jose, to:
Erica Goss, 21559 Santa Ana Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033.
(Checks will be returned if spaces fill prior to arrival.)
Poetry Center San José
1650 Senter Road
San Jose, CA
Poetry Center San José promotes and supports the literary arts in San José. Over the past three decades, PCSJ has brought hundreds of exceptional writers from around the country to read from their works and, in many cases, to conduct workshops for local writers. PCSJ is a nonprofit organization established in 1978. Its base of operations is in the charming turn-of-the-century Victorian home where the renown poet Edwin Markham once lived, now located in San Jose History Park. Since the Fall of 2000, PCSJ has sponsored a series of readings by local poets throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Poetry Center San José is a member supported organization..
Here’s Dana Jennings' review:
COME, THIEF by Jane Hirshfield (93 pages. Alfred A. Knopf. $25). “Come, Thief” is a book of silences, with titles like “Rain Thinking,” “The Tongue Says Loneliness” and “One Loss Folds Itself inside Another.” But it’s a mistake to take the book’s quiet for reticence, because “Thief,” Ms. Hirshfield’s seventh collection of poems, is a deep well full of strength and wisdom. She knows that “Wrong solitude vinegars the soul,/right solitude oils it” (“Vinegar and Oil”), that “A man dies over and over again on the news” (“Fourth World”), that “pain after it’s ended stays in the body” (“Seawater Stiffens Cloth”).
Ms. Hirshfield is obsessed with angles of perception. In “Everything Has Two Endings” she reminds us that “silence is not silence, but a limit of hearing.” And she knows that each moment, each object has more than one story to tell. In “Stone and Knife” she writes:
One angle blunts, another sharpens.
Loss also: stone & knife.
Some griefs augment the heart,
Her quiet authority brings to mind the strong and lean work done by other poets past the age of 50, books like “The Great Fires” by Jack Gilbert and “Moment to Moment” by David Budbill.
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