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Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry


Poet Jane Hirschfield illuminates the craft and mind of poetry, from the work of anonymous Egyptian love poets to that of Rilke, Dickinson, Yeats, ... Show synopsis

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Jane Hirshfield

by eppoukoji on Dec 25, 2008

Jane Hirshfield is the rarest of rare birds: a splendid poet and a deeply learned, intelligent scholar. The very title of her NINE GATES; ENTERING THE MIND OF POETRY, tells it all. "The Mind of Poetry? Poetry is all heart! What's all this about the MIND of poetry?" Well, Jane Hirshfield, a Soto Zen layman, knows that any world where heart and mind are separated will lead to spiritually consumptive consumer-society in which there are to be found no Sanatoriums on any magic mountain in which its malaise can be cured. With a deep, powerful intellect and a splendidly tuneful heart combined in that most wonderful of mishmashes which is the human soul, she has no peers among the living. We are most fortunate to have her.

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