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Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry

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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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eppoukoji

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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