A Poetry Archive recording by

Jane Hirshfield

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These poems come from a special recording for the Poetry Archive:

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  • 2 -
    "The Poet"

  • 3 -
    "Tree"

  • 4 -
    "Happiness"

  • 5 -
    "Three Foxes by the Edge of the Field at Twilight"

  • 6 -
    "In Praise of Coldness"

  • 7 -
    "Burlap Sack"

  • 8 -
    "Mule Heart"

  • 9 -
    "Changing Everything"

  • 10 -
    "Narrowness"

  • 11 -
    "A Thought"

  • 12 -
    "Each Moment a White Bull Steps Shining into the World"

  • 13 -
    "The Silence"

  • 14 -
    "Rebus"

  • 15 -
    "Poem with Two Endings"

  • 16 -
    "Identity"

  • 17 -
    "Milk"

  • 18 -
    "To Opinion"

  • 19 -
    "To Judgment: An Assay"

  • 20 -
    "Possibility: An Assay"

  • 21 -
    "Da Capo"

  • 22 -
    "Spell To Be Said Upon Departure"

  • 23 -
    "Empedocles' Physics"

  • 24 -
    "Percolation"

  • 25 -
    "Habit"

  • 26 -
    "The Envoy"

  • 27 -
    "The Weighing"

  • 28 -
    "Ripeness"

  • 29 -
    "Critique of Pure Reason"

  • 30 -
    "The Heat of Autumn"

  • 31 -
    "Hope and Love"

  • 32 -

  • 33 -
    "Optimism"

  • 34 -
    "The Bearded Woman"

  • 35 -
    "Three Times My Life has Opened"

  • 36 -
    "When Your Life Looks Back"

  • 37 -
    "On Reading Brecht"

  • 38 -

  • 39 -
    "Late Prayer"

  • 40 -
    "The Dead Do Not Want Us Dead"

  • 41 -
    "Theology"

  • 42 -
    "Red Berries"

  • 43 -
    "Vinegar and Oil"

  • 44 -
    "A Cedary Fragrance"

  • 45 -
    "Pompeii"

  • 46 -
    "Stone and Knife"

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  • 48 -
    "Vilnius"

  • 49 -
    "After Long Silence"

  • 50 -
    "Pillow"

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  • 52 -
    "In A Room with Five People, Six Griefs"

  • 53 -
    "Salt Heart"

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  • 55 -
    "It Was Like This: You Were Happy"


Select bibliography

  • Of Gravity and Angels, Wesleyan University Press 1988
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  • The October Palace, HarperCollins 1994
  • The Lives of the Heart, HarperCollins 1997
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  • Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, HarperCollins 1997
  • Each Happiness Ringed By Lions, Bloodaxe Books 2005
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  • After, HarperCollins 2006 / Bloodaxe Books 2006
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  • Jane Hirshfield Reading from her Poems, The Poetry Archive 2008
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