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Nine Gates by Jane Hirshfield
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Jul 11, 2009

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As a poet-in-development, I had high hopes for this book, and for the most part it didn't disappoint. The nine chapters are separate essays, and the ones I liked the most were at the beginning, on various "minds" or perspectives on/from poetry. "The activity of poetry is to tell us we must change our lives. It does this by posing again and again a question that cannot be answered except with our whole being--body, speech, and mind. What is the nature of this moment? poetry asks, and we have not rest until the question is answered." Nice stuff.

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