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Jane Hirshfield points out that many people turn to poetry at great life transitions. She says, “You know when people fall in love, or when they lose love, or lose someone they loved, that is when they want a poem. When they get married, they want a poem. These great transitions are larger than the normal, ordinary consciousness. And what poems do is give us a vocabulary for understanding things, which isn’t available through any other use of language.” Her poetry alludes to far ranging subjects such as time, nature, and even science. Here she reads some of her poems, and talks of the inspiration from which they come, and why they speak to us and move us beyond our rational minds and our busy intellect through their metaphors and images. She shares with us why poetry, and other art forms like music, speak so deeply to the heart and soul. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Jane Hirshfield is a poet, translator, and essayist and is the author of many collections of poetry and other books, including three collections of women poets from the past. Her awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the Academy of American Poets, and the National Endowment for the Arts, three Pushcart Prizes, the California Book Award, The Poetry Center Book Award, and other honors. Her poems appear regularly in magazines such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Poetry and have been included in six editions of The Best American Poetry.
Her poetry books include:
To learn more about the work of Jane Hirshfield go to www.facebook.com/janehirshfield.
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 9/7/2011 Program Number: 3410
From Album: Hidden Sky Artist: Jami Sieber 2004 Out Front Music #OFM-1-1
Opening Essay: Track 01 Maenam Music Break 1: Track 05 Red Moon Music Break 2: Track 09 Hidden Sky Music Break 3: Track 11 Arms of the Mother
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