August 23… new Jane Hirshfield poetry!

On August 23, I know what I'll be reading.Any time a new book has this name on the cover, you can bet I'll be reading it the day it comes out.... … [Read more...]

Favorite poets

Prompted by my earlier recommendation of the Jane Hirschfield book, a reader asked me for a "top ten list" of favorite poets.I can't offer a list of my favorites in order of preference, but I can easily come up with a list of writers whose work I whole-heartedly recommend to you... poets that Anne and I read often and with gratitude.Here they are, in no particular order... … [Read more...]

A Good Year for Poetry

Anne and I read as much poetry, perhaps more, than we do fiction. Of the poets writing and publishing today, we have many mutual favorites. But there are two poets in particular who, when they release new material, send us rushing to a nearby independent bookstore to grab a first edition. Both of them write in a way that seems sacramental... the sound, the pace, the flavor of the language is as fragile and beautiful as the imagery it inspires in the reader's mind. Both are intently focused on … [Read more...]

What Makes a Great Film? Here’s an Answer … from a Poet.

In a book called Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, by the poet Jane Hirshfield, the author takes us through a series of exemplary poems, showing us how they deliver limited information, fleeting images, and create a complex and exquisite experience for the reader.On page 22, Hirshfield looks back at the poems for a moment, finding commonality between them. When she does, she explains why it is that they work so well. … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X