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Nine Gates

Entering the Mind of Poetry
  • By Jane Hirshfield
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"With the exactitude of a surgeon and the sensuous attention of a chef, Hirshfield addresses, essay by essay, the art, craft, and act of making poetry . . . These essays are both brilliantly ambitious--one random passage in her last piece, on 'writing and the threshold life, ' flows 14th-century Japanese poet Ono no Komachi (whose poems she has translated in the past) into Czeslaw Milosz into Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman--and confidently clear." -- Village Voice

Nine essays on the connection poetry forges between inner and outer lives, from esteemed poet and thinker Jame Hirshfield.

Nine Gates begins with a close examination of the roots of poetic craft in "the mind of concentration" and concludes by exploring the writer's role in creating a sense of community that is open, inclusive and able to bind the individual and the whole in a way that allows each full self-expression. in between, Nine Gates illumines the nature of originality, translation, the various strategies by which meaning unfolds itself in language, poetry's roots in oral memory and the importance of the shadow to good art.

Delving into the nature of poetry, Jane Hirshfield also writes on the nature of the human mind, perception and experience. Nine Gates is about the underpinnings of poetic craft, but it is also about a way of being alive in the world: alertly, musically, intelligently, passionately, permeably.

In part a primer for the general reader, Nine Gates is also a manual for the working writer, with each "gate" exploring particular strategies of language and thought that allow a poem to convey meaning and emotion with clarity and force. Above all, Nine Gates is an insightful guide to the way the mind of poetry awakens our fundamental consciousness of what can be known when a person is most fully alive.

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    • SKU: 9780060929480
    • Manufacturer: Harpercollins
    • ISBN 13: 9780060929480
    • Language of Text: English
    • Publication Date: 08/26/1998
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Jane Hirshfield
    • Page Count: 240
    • Width: 5.44 inches
    • Height: 0.60 inches
    • Length: 8.00 inches
    • Weight: 0.02 pounds

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