Hirshfield is a wonderful guide through poems

Hirshfield is a wonderful guide through poems

Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the WorldTen Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World by Jane Hirshfield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jane Hirshfield doesn’t just write some of the finest poetry being published at this moment, she is also a great explicator and celebrator of poems. In Ten Windows, she argues that since language has power and poetry is uniquely powerful language, poems can indeed change the world. I gave up on trying to write the world whole decades ago, but she still makes good points as she gives excellent readings of powerful poetry:

“And by changing selves, one by one, art changes also the outer world that selves create and share.”

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