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Jane Hirshfield discusses and signs "The Beauty" and "Ten Windows"

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 3:00 AM

Diesel, A Bookstore in Larkspur warmly welcomes Jane Hirshfield to the store in celebration of National Poetry Month on Thursday, April 30th at 6:30 pm. She will discuss and sign her latest book of poetry, The Beauty: Poems, and her new book of essays Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World. We have created a unique broadside of one of her poems to be given out with each book of hers purchased, while they last.  Please join us on this special evening!
The Beauty is an incandescent new collection from one of American poetry's most distinctive and essential voices. It opens with a series of dappled, ranging "My" poems--My Skeleton, My Corkboard, My Species, My Weather--using materials sometimes familiar, sometimes unexpected, to explore the magnitude, singularity, and permeability of our shared existence. With a pen faithful to the actual yet dipped at times in the ink of the surreal, Hirshfield considers the inner and outer worlds we live in yet are not confined by. Her robust affirmation of choice even amid inevitability, her tender consciousness of the unjudging beauty of what exists, her abiding contemplation of our moral, societal, and biological intertwinings, sustain poems that tune and retune the keys of a life.
Ten Windows is a dazzling collection of essays on how the best poems work. Jane Hirshfield has said that poetry, "is language that foments revolutions of being." In ten eloquent and highly original explorations, she unfolds and explores some of the ways this is done--by the inclusion of hiddenness, paradox, and surprise; by a perennial awareness of the place of uncertainty in our lives; by language's own acts of discovery; by the powers of image, statement, music, and feeling to enlarge in every direction. The lucid understandings presented here are gripping and transformative in themselves. Investigating the power of poetry to move and change us becomes in these pages an equal investigation into the inhabitance and navigation of our human lives.
Jane Hirshfield is the author of eight books of poetry, including The Beauty; Come, Thief; After; and Given Sugar, Given Salt. She has edited and co-translated four books presenting the work of poets from the past and she is the author of two major collections of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World. Hirshfield has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Harper's Magazine, Poetry, Orion, McSweeney's, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and seven editions of The Best American Poetry. She has been a resident of Northern California since 1974, and is a current chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

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