“I truly feel that all of our creativity, all of our expression, all of our comprehensions of the world are available to us in this moment. It is not a reaching out into the exotic; it is a reaching in to a way of knowing the world, which is enlarged, augmented, clarifying and open.” With each collection she has written, Jane Hirshfield, widely considered as one of America’s preeminent writers and poets of her generation, has continued to search out new ways to increase poetry’s capacities for understanding. This dialogue is an exploration into the world of poetry, with its depth of thought and richness of observation. An evocative mix of control and wildness shines through each portion of this dialogue.
Jane Hishfield was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a recipient of the Poetry Center Book Award, the Commonwealth Club of California’s Poetry Medal, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations. She is the author of six award-winning books of poetry, including Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (HarperCollins 1997), Given Sugar, Given Salt (Harper Collins 2001) and her latest, After (HarperCollins 2006). To learn more about the work of Jane Hirshfield go to www.barclayagency.com/hirshfield.html.
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- How you can acknowledge your own inner poet
- What a Zen practice can mean to your everyday life
- How the personal is merged with the cultural milieu
- How certainty that you are certain is the most dangerous thing
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 9/12/2006 Program Number: 3170