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Author: HIRSHFIELD, JANE
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Hirshfield, Jane    Poet's Biography
43 poems available by this author


A BLESSING FOR A WEDDING    Poem Text    
First Line: Today when persimmons ripen
Last Line: Today when persimmons ripen
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


A CEDARY FRAGRANCE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Even now / decades after
Last Line: To make the unwanted wanted
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


A DAY IS VAST    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Last Line: But you can lose it
Subject(s): Time


A SWEETENING ALL AROUND ME AS IT FALLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Even generous august
Last Line: Folds that loneliness, one moment, two, love, back into your arms
Subject(s): Love


ALL THE DIFFICULT HOURS AND MINUTES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Last Line: First the jar holds the umeboshi, then the rice does
Subject(s): Time


AT NIGHTFALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Like held lanterns, wavering
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


AUTUMN QUINCE    Poem Text    
First Line: How sad they are
Subject(s): Loss


DOPPELGANGER    Poem Text    
First Line: The old knot
Subject(s): Doppelgangers


FADO    Poem Text    
First Line: A man reaches close
Last Line: And the copper bowls balance
Subject(s): Magic


FOR A WEDDING ON MOUNT TAMALPAIS    Poem Text    
First Line: July / and the rich apples
Subject(s): Nature


GREEN-STRIPED MELONS    Poem Text    
First Line: They lie / under the stars in a field
Last Line: The sign of their ripeness
Subject(s): Melons; Conduct Of Life


HEAT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My mare, when she was in heat
Last Line: But desire, desire is long
Subject(s): Desire; Animals; Horses


HEAT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My mare, when she was in heat
Subject(s): Animals; Horses


IN SMOOTH WATER THE MOUNTAINS SUSPEND THEMSELVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, where shallows and hillside
Subject(s): Environment; Nature; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


JUST BELOW THE SURFACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Just below the surface, fish, still
Subject(s): Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


LAKE AND MAPLE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I want to give myself
Subject(s): Peace


LIKE THE SMALL HOLE BY THE PATH-SIDE SOMETHING LIVES IN    Poem Text    
Last Line: Small holes that something unweighed by the self-scale lives in
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


LIKE TWO NEGATIVE NUMBERS MULTIPLIED BY RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Lie down, you are horizontal.
Last Line: Into oranges and olives
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


LOVE AMID OWL-CRIES    Poem Text    
First Line: It is not
Subject(s): Birds; Owls


MATHEMATICS    Poem Text    
First Line: I have envied those
Last Line: I lied, or did not lie, / in answer
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


MILK    Poem Text    
First Line: From time to time the placid
Last Line: From cut bank
Subject(s): Calm; Milk; Placid; Undisturbed; Tranquility; Milkmen; Milkmaids


MOMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: A person wakes from sleep
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


MY WEATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Wakeful, sleepy, hungry, anxious,
Last Line: I hold these
Subject(s): Life


ON THE BEACH    Poem Text    
First Line: Uncountable tiny pebbles
Subject(s): Nature; Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


PERISHABLE, IT SAID    Poem Text    
First Line: Perishable, it said on the plastic container
Last Line: Inside that hour with its perishing perfumes and clashings
Subject(s): Middle Age


REBUS    Poem Text    
First Line: You work with what you are given
Last Line: How can I enter this question the clay has asked?
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


SEAWATER STIFFENS CLOTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Seawater stiffens cloth long after it’s dried
Last Line: Call her afterward tree, call her seawater angled by silence
Subject(s): Life


SENTENCINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: A thing too perfect to be remembered
Last Line: Think assailable thoughts, or be lonely
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


SONOMA FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Large moon the deep orange of embers.
Last Line: The griefs of others—beautiful, at a distance
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


SPELL TO BE SAID BEFORE SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: Each pot now hang bright
Subject(s): Dreams; Sleep; Nightmares


THE DEAD DO NOT WANT US DEAD    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Death


THE DECISION    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a moment before a shape
Last Line: It cannot be after turned back from
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


THE ENVOY    Poem Text    
First Line: One day in that room, a small rat.
Last Line: Long-legged and thirsty, covered with foreign dust
Subject(s): Rats; Snakes; Serpents; Vipers


THE HEAT OF AUTUMN    Poem Text    
Last Line: And calling it pleasure
Subject(s): Autumn; Fall


THE PEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: November. One pear
Last Line: Dawnlight to dawnlight, I look: it is still there
Subject(s): Aging


THE RITUAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Before, in the cluttered shop
Subject(s): Tiananmen Square Incident, 1989


THE STONE OF HEAVEN       
First Line: Here, where the rivers dredge up
Last Line: And seeing, begin to assemble the plain stones of earth.
Subject(s): Colors; Stones; Granite; Rocks


THE WOODPECKER KEEPS RETURNING    Poem Text    
Last Line: The handsome red-capped bird, the missing mate
Subject(s): Woodpeckers


THINGS KEEP SORTING THEMSELVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Does the butterfat know it is butterfat,
Last Line: No one can ever know that
Subject(s): Male-female Relationships


TO JUDGMENT: AN ASSAY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You change a life
Subject(s): Judgments; Love


VILNIUS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: For a long time
Last Line: I doubted if I should ever come back
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


VINEGAR AND OIL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Wrong solitude vinegars the soul
Last Line: Of a fallen donkey, above a church door in finland
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


WAKING THE MORNING DREAMLESS AFTER LONG SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: But with the sentence: “use your failures for paper.” meaning, I
Last Line: Of ruined paper into a basket, pulling them out again
Subject(s): Middle Age; Writing & Writers