Jane Hirshfield is a visionary, profoundly original American writer whose poems ask nothing less than what it is to be human. Both sensual meditations and passionate investigations, they reveal complex truths in language luminous and precise. Rooted in the living world, her poems celebrate and elucidate a hard-won affirmation of our human fate. Born of a rigorous questioning of heart, spirit and mind, they have become indispensable to many American readers in navigating their own lives.
Following the publication of her retrospective Each Happiness Ringed by Lions: Selected Poems in 2005, Bloodaxe has published Jane Hirshfield's later collections in the UK: After (2006), a Poetry Book Society Choice which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, Come Thief (2012), and The Beauty (2015).
The Beauty opens with a series of poems exploring both the profundities and the quirks of our shared human existence. She draws intimate meaning from multiple realms: science, culture, language itself, and above all the luminous materials and minutely particular emotions of daily life. In their robust negotiation with fate and justice, these clear and moving poems open a new and steepened understanding of our lives’ full measure of losses, knowledge, and loves.
'...meditations you can reread forever.’ - Lee Hall, Independent, Best Summer Reads 2015
‘The opening sequence that begins with ‘My Skeleton’ is extraordinary…Hirshfield’s poetry is metaphorical, delicately but also robustly conceived…’ – Jay Ramsay, Caduceus
Jane Hirshfield reads two poems
Jane Hirshfield reads two poems, 'Tree' from Each Happiness Ringed by Lions: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2005) and 'Burlap Sack' from After (HarperCollins, USA/Bloodaxe Books, UK, 2006). 'Tree' first appeared in her US edition Given Sugar, Given Salt (HarperCollins, 2001). This film is from the DVD-book In Person: 30 Poets filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce, edited by Neil Astley, which includes seven poems read by Jane Hirshfield selected from her two Bloodaxe titles.
North America: Alfred A. Knopf