We are delighted to welcome back one of the most esteemed poets at work today, Jane Hirshfield. The author of nine books of poetry, two hugely significant books of essays (Nine Gates and Ten Windows) and translator/co-translator of other books of poetry, she is here this evening with her newest book, Ledger (Knopf).
“From the opening poem, “Let Them Not Say,” to the closing, “My Debt,” the masterful ninth book from Hirshfield is an account of how “We did not-enough” to save the world. Most poems are no longer than a page, though some are considerably shorter (“My Silence” is only a title). They are set against a page and a half of prose in the middle of the book about “Capital” which, for the writer, is language “as slippery as any other kind of wealth.” Through this juxtaposition, Hirshfield urges a reckoning of human influence on—and interference with—the planet ... Hirshfield suggests that people are unable, or unwilling, to comprehend their role in their own destruction: ‘If the unbearable were not weightless we might yet buckle under the grief.’ Hirshfield’s world is one filled with beauty, from the ‘generosity’ of grass to humanity’s connection to the muskrat. This is both a paean and a heartbreaking plea.” - Publishers Weekly. A deep, moving, mature poetic voice, one not to be missed.