Review of The Beauty by Jane Hirshfield

Posted on April 20, 2016

Knopf, 2015 $19.94 (hardback) by James Crews There is some new and dazzling force at work in The Beauty, Jane Hirshfield’s latest and much-anticipated collection of poetry. Yet I must admit, I didn’t entirely appreciate the rawness and unpredictability of these poems at first. I have been a fan of Hirshfield’s for well over a […]

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Review of Come, Thief by Jane Hirshfield

Posted on March 14, 2012

Come, Thief by Jane Hirshfield Knopf, Cloth $25 Reviewed by James Crews In her now-classic book of essays on the craft of poetry, Nine Gates, Jane Hirshfield writes, “Solitude, whether endured or embraced is a necessary gateway to original thought: only a writer who fears neither abandonment nor self-presence can write without distortion.” As one […]

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