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They bring the scent of licorice. One sits in the washbowl, One on the bathtub edge; one leans against the door.

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I don't know what to say, again. They chuckle, Patting their sleek bodies with their hands. I clutch at the ragged holes They leave behind, here at the edge of darkness. Night rests like a ball of fur on my tongue. Lucille Clifton Academy of American Poets Educator Newsletter. Teach This Poem. Follow Us. Find Poets.

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Read Stanza. Jobs for Poets. Materials for Teachers. The Walt Whitman Award. James Laughlin Award. This slips into the heart without hurry, as if it had never been. And yet, among the trees, something has changed.

Something looks back from the trees, and knows me for who I am. I want the way it lets all of it pass without judgment or comment. O heart, if you will not, cannot, give me the lake, then give me the song.

Jan 20, Jeffrey rated it it was amazing. One of the few books of poetry I read from cover to cover and that I return to several times a year.

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Hirshfield was brave to tackle such tried subject as "the heart. Sep 23, Kirsten rated it liked it Shelves: borrowed-poetry. I quite liked the title heart cycle, the deer, the fish, the mule, and a few scattered others - those with quietude or seeking now-ness, those meeting grief head-on. Others read more like standard love poems. Of course we can never like all of a poet's work just the same, and those will be someone else's favorites. Jan 13, Lia rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry. I have loved all of Hirshfield's translations, but this is my favorite of her original works so far.

Sep 10, Arnie Kahn rated it it was ok. She has some lovely images, but for me too much heaven and hell, Eastern mysticism, and lots of leaves. Feb 07, S rated it it was ok. View 1 comment.

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May 30, Thomas Bruso rated it really liked it. Jan 25, Liaken rated it liked it Shelves: poetry. For me, not nearly as resonant as her other collections. I find this comforting; just knowing that she is not always incomparable makes me feel better about my own writing. Jan 16, mimosa maoist added it Shelves: poetry. Really liked the poems in part two, which seemed to de-familiarize common sights; part three was kinda Buddhist.

Jan 14, Kay Davis rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry. Jane Hirshfield is one of the best contemporary poets in the genre of Buddhist writing. In The Lives of the Heart, Hirshfield encourages living simply, productively, and creatively in the present.

Hirshfield's poems are "simple complexities," exploring common Buddhist themes such as interconnectedness, enlightenment, and impermanence. In "Respite," Hirshfield communes with the natural world around her: "Day after quiet day passes. I speak to no one besides the dog. To her, I murmur much I would Jane Hirshfield is one of the best contemporary poets in the genre of Buddhist writing. To her, I murmur much I would not otherwise say. And still the house will be emptied, and still the heart. Next, try "After. Jun 24, Nina rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry , therapy.

I love this book and am currently re-reading my autographed copy. These poems are gorgeous--I love Hirshfield's imaginings of heart. My favorite poem, which I have memorized and am currently reciting to myself, is Da Capo. Their cadence is comforting and strong. Feb 08, Abigail Clark rated it really liked it. This was the first time I had read anything by Jane Hirshfield and I loved her work.

The collection varied stylistically, but they were all full of vivid imagery that let me reflect on my own personal experiences and the subtle "tea scent of jasmine. Jul 12, Christine rated it it was amazing Shelves: reads , favorites. Loved this book so much. She set the bar high for me and I compare a lot of poetry I've read since to the feelings and imagery that reading this collection evoked in me. The author writes beautifully about the heart as the centre of as well as a metaphor for everything else in life.

Jul 25, Robert Whaley rated it really liked it. I may not be an astute critic of this book.

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I have only started to read poetry in any kind of intentional manner. But what the hell. This lady amazes me. I love her work I'm reading her essays on poetry now and I ha e to tell you they are fantastic. Apr 03, Sweetnothing rated it really liked it. Oct 29, Sarah Byrd rated it it was amazing. Jun 03, Wendi rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry. Piano Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me; Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings And pressing the small, poised feet….

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