Jane Hirshfield

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Jane Hirshfield is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Come Thief (Knopf, August 23, 2011), After (HarperCollins, 2006), which was named a “Best Book of 2006” by The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and England’s Financial Times and shortlisted for England’s T.S. Eliot Award; and Given Sugar, Given Salt (finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award); as well as a now-classic book of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. She has also edited and co-translated three books collecting the work of women poets from the distant past. Hirshfield’s other honors include The Poetry Center Book Award, the California Book Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the National ...more

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The Heart of Haiku

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Nine Gates: Entering the Mi...

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Given Sugar, Given Salt

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After

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Come, Thief

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Women in Praise of the Sacr...

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The Beauty: Poems

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The Lives of the Heart

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Ten Windows: How Great Poem...

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The October Palace

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After Urgency by Rusty Morrison
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I chose this book (without knowing the author--it was a blind reading process) for Tupelo Press's Dorset Prize. What follows is the official judge's citation:


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Nox by Anne Carson
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(The following was written for The Millions' A Year in Reading feature, 12/20/12, occurred to me I should also post it here.)

Published as poetry, Anne Carson’s Nox is closer by far to W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz than to any book of pocketable lyrics. Ul
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What a varied, intricate knot of returns and newnesses this book becomes in reading through it, with certain motifs returning in ever-widening ways. Inventive, rich, with the authority that only comes to first books that have not been rushed into but ...more
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Poses by Genine Lentine
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A gorgeous, thought provoking set of observations, in the lineage of some of John Berger's writing--and not only Bento's Sketchbook, Berger's own book about drawing which I was also totally taken by, but the general, trustworthy marriage of aesthetic ...more
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Once by Meghan O'Rourke
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The poems in Once (which I'm still beginning to read, but wanted to post about while it's in my mind to do that) make me immediately and simply happy. The combination of austerity and structure with powerful feeling is rare. These poems know things-- ...more
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The Folding Star by Jacek Gutorow
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A book arrives in the mail, by a poet you've never heard of. The jacket artwork and its typeface are startling, magnetic, and you open the pages curious-- just a glance, to see... This happens not infrequently, and you might think, "good poems, good ...more
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Songs of Unreason by Jim Harrison
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Jim Harrison's poems are as free swinging as a wild river, and as rich in visible and under-surface life. They sweep things up and let go of them at the same time. You throw in your attention, and you never know what will rise to meet it. Almost ever ...more
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The Collected Poems of Eugenio Montale by Eugenio Montale
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These Montale translations by William Arrowsmith are a treasure trove & coin-chest lifted back into view. These translations, along with more recent ones by Jonathan Galassi, restore one of the 20th c.'s major poets to American ears. Montale is a ...more
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The True Keeps Calm Biding Its Story by Rusty Morrison
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compelling and brilliant, Morrison uses language in ways uniquely her own. Disclosure: on a blind reading of manuscripts, I chose her next book--not yet published at the time I write this-- for Tupelo's Dorset prize. When I found out who the winning ...more
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Top 12 Short Books (Under 60 Pages) For Busy People

It's our 60th Poll so we decided to look at some of the best books under 60 pages as I know a few of our members are fond of a short story

Here are the novels, short stories and non-fiction books that will perfectly fit into your busy life.
What if we give Frank Zappa’s quote “so many books, so little time” a more positive meaning? There are many fantastic books short enough that it will take little time to finish them.

Some readers think that a short story or a novella is not a book. Well, it is, as long as it’s released as a separate publication.

Don’t judge a book by its length. Shorter doesn’t mean worse. Longer doesn’t mean better.

And every book you read (because you have time for it) is better than a book you don’t (because it’s so long you assume you’ll never be able to finish it).

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Jane Dorianne wrote: "Woo hoo!! You on it girl."

D, thanks for the welcome! A little slow in getting back to you here, almost three years, but better late than not at all, don't we think?

You yourself are a wonder for online things. I am tiptoeing in again here. (Anyone who has asked to befriend, non-answers don't mean I don't love you, just that I know I'm not great at keeping up multiple places of conversation.)


Dorianne Laux Woo hoo!! You on it girl.


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