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Jane Hirshfield

Publication Date : 26 Mar 2020

ISBN: 9781780375120

Pages: 65
Size :216 x 138mm
Rights: World

Jane Hirshfield’s urgent new collection is a book of personal, ecological and political reckoning. Her poems inscribe a ledger personal and communal, a registry of our time's and lives’ dilemmas as well as a call to action on climate change, social justice and the plight of refugees.

The poems of Ledger record riches, both abiding and squandered, and mourn our failures. They confirm, too, the continually renewing gift of the present moment, summoning our responsibility as moral beings to sustain one another and the earth’s continuance. Finally, it is the human spirit and the language of poetry— loyal instruments of recognition, humility and praise —that triumph in this stunned, stunning accounting, set forth by a master poet whose voice is tonic and essential, whose breadth of inclusion and fierce awareness rivet attention.

‘Jane Hirshfield is a poet very close to my heart.’ – Wislawa Szymborska

‘A profound empathy for the suffering of all living beings…It is precisely this that I praise in the poetry of Jane Hirshfield…In its highly sensuous detail, her poetry illuminates the Buddhist virtue of mindfulness.’ – Czeslaw Milosz, Prze Kroj (Poland)

‘Her poetry is a rich and assured gift…an extraordinary intertwining of cherished detail and passionate abstraction…The poems’ realised ambition is wisdom.’ – Alison Brackenbury, Agenda

‘Poems of quiet wisdom, steeped in a profound understanding of what it it to be human.’ – The Scotsman

 

Jane Hirshfield reads seven poems

Jane Hirshfield reads seven poems from Each Happiness Ringed by Lions: Selected Poems (2005) and After (2006): ‘Pyracantha and Plum’, ‘The Envoy’, ‘The Poet’, ‘The Weighing’, ‘Burlap Sack’, ‘Tree’ and ‘It Was Like This: You Were Happy’. Pamela Robertson-Pearce filmed Jane Hirshfield in London in October 2006 when she was visiting London to read at Poetry International. This film is from the DVD-anthology In Person: 30 Poets, filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce & edited by Neil Astley (Bloodaxe Books, 2008). 

North America: Alfred A. Knopf


 

  

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After

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After

Publication Date : 23 Nov 2006

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Come, Thief

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Come, Thief

Publication Date : 28 Mar 2012

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Each Happiness Ringed by Lions

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Each Happiness Ringed by Lions

Selected Poems

Publication Date : 30 Mar 2005

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Hiddenness, Uncertainty, Surprise

Three Generative Energies of Poetry: Newcastle/Bloodaxe Poetry Lectures

Publication Date : 27 Mar 2008

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