Given Sugar Given Salt

Given Sugar Given Salt

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Through an expansive collection of complex poems, the author of Nine Gates explores questions of identity and aging, losses and gains, connection and solitude, and the increasing pressure of time in modern life. 15,000 first printing.
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  • Hardback | 87 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 272.15g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0060199547
  • 9780060199548

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"Jane Hirshfield's poems move like light beams -- searching, discovering, pausing to make sure. They have some of the calligraphic plainness of classical Chinese painting: a few strokes and a new landscape appears, with a life in it not seen before but at once recognized. These are poems of space, air, and a remarkable precision of observation and revealed feeling."--"W. S. Merwin"In this collection that sees into the complex nature and behavior of a button, a pillow, an olive pit, leather, and ink, a self-portrait slowly emerges that is strange and remarkable. Jane Hirshfield's poems have such a wonderfully obsessive personal grammar and such delicate reversals that all objects and elements -- like a house and its neighboring redwood tree -- merge, becoming, as one poem says, 'a sudden, pure democracy' of being."--"Michael Ondaatje"These poems are highly accessible....[their sense] seeps into one's consciousness, like the aftertaste of some delectable morsel."--"Kirkus Reviews"These [poems] are assured, controlled poems that tread carefully where others have trampled."--"Library Journal"[Hirshfield's poems] are the kind of poems that could'before you even realize it'have quietly changed your life.?--"O Magazine "I enjoyed this new collection very much. Hirshfield's poems are fresh & bright, very precise & clear. She is a refreshing poet."--"Sue Domis - Sunshine & Wisteria
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2 3% (17)
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