Happy Birthday, Jane Hirshfield, born 24 February 1953.
- Solitude, whether endured or embraced, is a necessary gateway to original thought.
- Poems want to awaken intimacy, connection, expansion, and wildness.
- Zen pretty much comes down to three things — everything changes; everything is connected; pay attention.
- How fragile we are, between the few good moments.
- History, mythology, and folktales are filled with stories of people punished for saying the truth. Only the Fool, exempt from society’s rules, is allowed to speak with complete freedom.
- The creative is always an act of recombination, with something added by new juxtaposition—as making a spark requires two things struck together.
- Poetry’s work is the clarification and magnification of being.
Jane Hirshfield is an American poet, essayist, and translator. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Come Thief, After, and Given Sugar, Given Salt; as well as a now-classic book of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, Essays.
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