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Given Sugar, Given Salt: Poems


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In this luminous and authoritative new collection, Jane Hirshfield presents an ever-deepening and altering comprehension of human existence in poems utterly unique, as William Matthews once wrote of her work, in their "praise of ceaseless mutability as life's central splendor."

In poems complex in meaning yet clear in statement and depiction, Hirshfield explores questions of identity, aging, death, and of time and the variegated gifts brought by its relentless passage. Whether meditating upon a button, the role of habit in our lives, or the elusive nature of our relationship to sleep, Hirshfield brings each subject into a surprising and magnified existence.

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The author of four previous poetry collections and a book of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, Jane Hirshfield has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the Bay Area Book Reviewers' Award, and the Commonwealth Club of California's Poetry Medal, among other honors. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The Nation, and many literary periodicals.

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Terra Leigh, February 10, 2015 (view all comments by Terra Leigh)
Hirshfield is quickly becoming one of my favorite poets. Her poetry is lush, full of potent imagery, and always accessible. Like all good writers, you glean more from each reading, but you are always going to get something even from a first reading. I believe Hirshfield is Buddhist, but she is by no means a "religious poet." Instead, an attentiveness to the details of life, and intellectual curiosity about what a human being even is, reflect the Buddhist approach. Hirshfield is one of the few poets I have ever found that provides an ample dose of emotional AND intellectual gratification. I.e., you can turn to her when you are going through an emotionally difficult time, but her work also stands up to repeated scrutiny.
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Hirshfield, Jane
Harper Perennial
American - General
General Poetry
Poetry-A to Z
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