Jane Hirshfield Reviews
Jane Hirshfield is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently THE BEAUTY (Knopf, 2015), longlisted for the National Book Award and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2015; COME, THIEF (Knopf, 2011); AFTER (HarperCollins, 2006), named the Best Book of 2006 by The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and England's Financial Times, plus a finalist for England's prestigious T.S. Eliot Prize; GIVEN SUGAR, GIVEN SALT (finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award); THE LIVES OF THE HEART; THE OCTOBER PALACE; and OF GRAVITY & ANGELS.
She is the author also of a now-classic book of essays, NINE GATES: ENTERING THE MIND OF POETRY along with the current TEN WINDOWS: HOW GREAT POEMS TRANSFORM THE WORLD (Knopf, 2015), champion of the Northern California Book Award at 2015. She's also the writer of THE HEART OF HAIKU, an Amazon Kindle Single exploring the essence of haiku and its own 17th-century heritage poet, Matsuo Basho, that was appointed both a "Greatest Kindle Single" along with an Amazon Best Novel of 2011.
Hirshfield has analyzed and co-translated three books collecting the work of poets from the past: THE INK DARK MOON: Love Poems from Komachi & Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan, WOMEN IN PRAISE OF THE SACRED: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women, and, together with Robert Bly, MIRABAI: ECSTATIC POEMS.
Hirshfield's other honors include The Poetry Center Book Prize; fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American cinema; Columbia University's Translation Center Award; as well as the Commonwealth Club of California's California Book Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, Harper's, The American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Paris Review, McSweeney's, Orion, eight volumes of The Best American Poetry (including the 25th anniversary Greatest
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Jane Hirshfield is rated 8 out of 10 based on 184 reviews.