I just needed to turn my life over to whoever came up with redwood trees.
Jane Hirshfield

On Calligraphic Perception: A Conversation with Jane Hirshfield

On Calligraphic Perception: A Conversation with Jane Hirshfield

Jul 27, 2019-- In an interview begun in 2012, when being honored with the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Award in American Poetry, Jane Hirshfield shares her experiential journey towards "the quick brushstroke of singular perception" for which her poems have come to be known. Acknowledging the grace of her gift she says, "I never take for granted that I'll be able to write. There's no acorn stash of ideas in my desk drawer. There's only the wanting to know my life through writing, a wish felt sometimes as desire, sometimes as desperation." (3361 reads)


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