The Beauty: Poems

The Beauty: Poems

Jane Hirshfield


The Beauty, an incandescent new assortment from one in every of  American poetry’s such a lot designated and crucial voices, opens with a chain of dappled, ranging “My” poems—“My Skeleton,” “My Corkboard,” “My Species,” “My Weather”—using fabrics occasionally commonplace, occasionally unforeseen, to discover the importance, singularity, and permeability of our shared life. With a pen trustworthy to the particular but dipped from time to time within the ink of the surreal, Hirshfield considers the interior and outer worlds we are living in but usually are not restrained via; reflecting on recommendation given her lengthy ago—to keep away from the note “or”—she concludes, “Now I too am sixty. / there has been no different life.” Hirshfield’s strains lower, as constantly, on to the center of human adventure. Her strong confirmation of selection even amid inevitability, her gentle recognition of the unjudging great thing about what exists, her abiding contemplation of our ethical, societal, and organic intertwinings, maintain poems that song and retune the keys of a lifestyles. For this poet, “Zero Plus something Is a World.” Hirshfield’s riddling recipes for that global (“add salt to hunger”; “add time to trees”) supply a profoundly altered realizing of our lives’ losses and additions, and of the small and bigger beauties we so frequently miss. 

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