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Sep 9, 2023

"Zen pretty much comes down to three things -- everything changes; everything is connected; pay attention." --Jane Hirshfield

Zen & the Art of Poetry

"It's my nature to question, to look at the opposite side. I believe that the best writing also does this. Great literature does not take sides with the small-minded. It's not partisan or narrow. It tells us that where there is sorrow, there will be joy; where there is joy, there will be sorrow. A uni-dimensional poem would be boring. Sometimes the other side is so deeply buried, you really have to part the grasses of the poem to find it, but I would say that in a good poem, that second dimension is always there. There is always something startling and absolutely unexpected, some undertow, some magnetic pull of a fuller truth." Jane Hirshfield shares more in this interview from 2006.

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