In this luminous and authoritative new collection, Jane Hirshfield presents an ever deepening and altering comprehension of human existence in poems utterly unique, as William Matthews once wrote of her work, in their praise of ceaseless mutability as life s central splendor In poems complex in meaning yet clear in statement and depiction, Hirshfield explores questions oIn this luminous and authoritative new collection, Jane Hirshfield presents an ever deepening and altering comprehension of human existence in poems utterly unique, as William Matthews once wrote of her work, in their praise of ceaseless mutability as life s central splendor In poems complex in meaning yet clear in statement and depiction, Hirshfield explores questions of identity, aging, death, and of time and the variegated gifts brought by its relentless passage Whether meditating upon a button, the role of habit in our lives, or the elusive nature of our relationship to sleep, Hirshfield brings each subject into a surprising and magnified existence.
Given Sugar Given Salt In this luminous and authoritative new collection Jane Hirshfield presents an ever deepening and altering comprehension of human existence in poems utterly unique as William Matthews once wrote of h
Given sugar, given salt, what will we do What will you do What will I do Have we not already been given the sweet, the complicated, invigorating salt Who chooses one over the other, and why contrast these two, and not the bitter and the sweet There is a song by River City Extension called Something Salty, Something Sweet which is about, well, sex of course, but Hirshfield is after something else She is again illuminating simple objects like leather, rocks, vaccines, ants, a button, pillows as i [...]
I really love the title of this book given sugar, given salt Say it out loud a few times I know I did while reading it It s very rhythmic I would like to say that Hirshfield s writing was this rhythmic throughout the book I was really looking forward to lines like that But, in reality, the full length of the line is As water given sugar sweetens, as given salt grows salty If your work needs to be shortened before finding a suitable title, that s a sign And, in reality Hirshfield is a clumsy wri [...]
Poetry, I love you Hirshfield is a hidden gem of a glorious poet I love her collections Touching, thoughtful, moving, whimsical, she takes me on a journey with every poem, every line Brilliant
I m not sure what I think of these poems yet I like difficult, lyric poetry, but these are sometimes so detached the images don t have any emotional resonance for me Perhaps I m just being lazy about making the connections I m perhaps also not crazy about the meta poem references, or the allusions to a muse.
Some of these poems are a little too focused on the poet, or on themselves, but some of them open up new avenues of thought and reflection, which is the whole reason I read poetry in the first place A very mixed bag, but overall a worthwhile read.
This is the first poetry book I ve read in a long time cover to cover I read it like I read novels I couldn t wait to get back to it I loved every poem.
Some really great poems in here, both perfectly structured and very moving I was surprised by how much I related to these, perhaps than any other collection I ve read.
I read this when I am lost Hirshfield s careful, quiet words lead me back.
I read the poems of Given Sugar, Given Salt over a period of a month, at first in small bites no than three or four a day, usually before the sun came up, reading aloud in a still house but today, the most beautiful day of the year here in Coastal Carolina mid 70s, clear blue sky, magnolia blossoms when I look up , spending the afternoon on the front porch reading, and rereading, the last half or so of the collection In commenting on what I ve read, I ll try to be concise I ll try not to get ca [...]
A luminous collection.Some favorite moments Once, a certain hope came close and then departed Passed by me in its familiar shawl, scented with iodine woodsmoke.I did not speak to it, nor it to me Yet still the habit of warmth traveledbetween us, like an apple shared by old friend One takes a bite, then the other.They do this until it is gone From Apple As water given sugar sweetens, given salt grows salty,we become our choices.Each yes, each no continues,this one a ladder, that one an anvil or c [...]
Jane Hirshfield has a genuine quality that layers itself transparently in her poetry Her tone is conversational, seemingly casual, intense in its questioning I will pick up this book to skim a poem and find my mood completely altered, always for the better She is honest, and it is her honesty that alarms me, not in it s complexity, but rather the opposite Her pursuit is honest.She includes the reader as a member of the conversation, which allows the words to have a sort of freedom The structure [...]
Luminous is a fitting description of the book I really enjoyed the way abstract concepts such as hope were anthropomorphized and so became striking images that forced new connotations of the words Her focus on reflexive poems poems about themselves was innovative and didn t come off as overly intellectual or pretentious to me They managed to look at why we write, what poetry touches in us, and wider human experiences Really a pleasure, especially for a randomly selected library book
Why don t I like Hirshfield Probably because of what I m reading in her how to write poetry book I hate those books, but I m talking about her poetry She s brilliant with her titles Aside from that, I find her stuff too emotionally simple, too holier than thou, too too everything that makes people hate poets But she is brilliant with her titles, a department in which I am lacking.
I appreciate the quietness of the pieces in this book, but some were whispered so softly I didn t hear them at all I predict that if I reread this as a much older, wiser, calmer woman, that I would love it For now, though it didn t stir in me much of anything.
I don t get the fuss I ve already forgotten virtually every poem I can t even remember what the poems were about I know most were about everyday things, which, unless you write them in some unique way, makes them well everyday things.
Jane Hirshfield has written better collections, but this one still resonates with her revisioning of the most commonplace of things and events into the deeply significant When so much poetry seemingly is written to exclude the reader, Hirshfield intimately and profoundly includes us.
Women in Poetry 471R, This poet is amazing, her poems cover many themes but the whole collection centers around the simplicity that life can offer Want to enrich your life Read this collection because it is short and brilliant.
I think this is one of my favorite collections of poetry Jane Hirshfield s poems are raw and honest, but she paints her emotions with such beauty I envy her ability to convey one simple feeling with such clarity.
A decent book of poetry prose written by Jane Hirshfield I enjoyed her book about poetry Nine Gates.d bought this book of her own poetry She writes about everyday objects, time, and life s mystery No silly love poems here A deep observer of hidden meaning in the everyday.
Hirshfield s poetry has a depth of wisdom and intelligence that pull me in and keep me there Many of these poems resonated with me and awed me A great collection.
This may be one of my absolute favorite collections of poetry With stunning observations, imagery, and delightfully unexpected turns, these poems take your soul on a journey.
Jane Hirshfield Kind of like she killed the genre and everyone had to just copy her.
read, The Ladder well, read them all
As one of my favorite poets, Hirshfield did not disappoint Another fine collection.
Favorites The Envoy, Red Berries, Apple, Red Onion, and Elephant Seals
These poems reveal a simple and profound depth of attention to the many unfolding dimensions of each moment.
Jane Hirshfield is a poet who like sugar or salt always seems to be there, fundamental, but not simple Her poems remain with me the way some embraces seem to support us