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Jane Hirshfield points out that many people turn to poetry in times of 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 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 the author of nine books of poetry and two collections of essays. She has edited and co-translated four books presenting the work of world poets from the past. Her books have received the Poetry Center Book Award, the California Book Award, and the Donald Hal-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. Her poems appear in a wide range of prestigious outlets. A resident of Northern California, she is a chancellor emerita of the Academy of American Poets. She presents her work at literary and interdisciplinary events worldwide.
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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