"As water given sugar sweetens, given salt grows salty, we become our choices," writes Jane Hirshfield in Given Sugar, Given Salt, her fifth and most expansive volume of poems to date. In poems complex in meaning yet clear in statement and depiction, Hirshfield explores questions of identity and aging, of the losses and gains of both connection and solitude, and of the increasing pressure of time in contemporary life. Whether meditating upon a button, the role of habit in our lives, or the elusive nature of our relationship to sleep, Hirshfield brings each subject into a surprising and magnified existence. In the breadth and honed beauty of her contemplations, and in the deep usefulness readers ascribe to her work in their own lives, Hirshfield has made a place of her own among American Poets.
About the Author:
Jane Hirshfield is a visiting poet at universities and literary centers nationwide on a regular basis. She was featured on tow Bill Moyers PBS specials in 1999 and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the Poetry Center Book Award, and many other honors. Her poems have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Nation, The New Yorker, New Republic, and on Garrison Keillor's "Writer's Almanac" program. She lives in Mill Valley, CA.
I enjoyed this new collection very much. Hirshfield's poems are fresh & bright, very precise & clear. She is a refreshing poet.