"Gracefully evocative ... [Hirshfield's] pithy and disarming lyrics have a touch of Dickinson about them as she sets human dilemmas within nature's perpetual surge...[her] contemplative acuity, erudite imagination, and exceptional fluency in image and language make for a beautifully agile and sage volume."-- Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review) "An exquisite collection that displays her talents of observation and her willingness to look at life through the lens of hindsight." --Anisse Gross, The San Francisco Gate "Hirshfield's new poems emerge as fiercely strong yet tender, drawing on supple intuition and clarifying intelligence to evoke the richness of her authentic inner life. Hirshfield sees beyond self, perceiving fresh perspectives flowing through our permeability and interconnection." --Robert Bonazzi, World Literature Today "The Beauty composes the ordinary fruit, in the ordinary kitchen, the ants, the towels, the hopes, the loss, the way we humans believe and lose faith, all of it contained in the hours of every single ordinary day, and renders it beautiful, noticeable." --Kirsten Rian, The Oregonian
"Throughout The Beauty,
her gracefully evocative eighth book of poems, Hirshfield is archly witty and riddling. In "My Skeleton," for example, she offers a fresh and startling look at our relationship with our bodies, a subject rooted in her fascination with perception, science, and underlying structures of all kinds. Her succinct and arresting observations--often framed within such everyday moments as waking in the morning and sitting in a kitchen, and inspired by the subtle wonders of honey, cellophane, church bells, even the journey of a common cold--swerve suddenly and exhilaratingly onto metaphysical terrain. Her pithy and disarming lyrics have a touch of Dickinson about them as she sets human dilemmas within nature's perpetual surge: "Generation. / Strange word: both making and passing." Hirshfield's contemplative acuity, erudite imagination, and exceptional fluency in image and language make for a
beautifully agile and sage volume."
-- Donna Seaman, Booklist
, Jane Hirshfield's eighth collection, reveals a poet at the height of her powers. With her signature use of deceptively simple images and language, she hints at the unspoken truths that lie just beyond our perspective while celebrating the everyday details and connections that make a life. . . While many of these poems are brief, they are masterpieces in miniature. Their images are simple but not obvious; they are offered without judgment. They also reward contemplation. Hirshfield asks her readers to wait for their own reactions, suggesting that those reactions matter because they open the door to the poem's meaning, and because they unite us all. --Jeanette Zwart, Shelf Awareness
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