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Come Thief A revelatory indispensable collection of poems from Jane Hirshfield that centers on beauty time and the full embrace of an existence that time cannot help but steal from our arms Hirshfield is unsu

  • Title: Come, Thief
  • Author: Jane Hirshfield
  • ISBN: 9780307595423
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A revelatory, indispensable collection of poems from Jane Hirshfield that centers on beauty, time, and the full embrace of an existence that time cannot help but steal from our arms Hirshfield is unsurpassed in her ability to sink into a moment s essence and exchange something of herself with its finite music and then, in seemingly simple, inevitable words, to deliver thaA revelatory, indispensable collection of poems from Jane Hirshfield that centers on beauty, time, and the full embrace of an existence that time cannot help but steal from our arms Hirshfield is unsurpassed in her ability to sink into a moment s essence and exchange something of herself with its finite music and then, in seemingly simple, inevitable words, to deliver that exchange to us in poems that vibrate with form and expression perfectly united Hirshfield s poems of discovery, acknowledgment of the difficult, and praise turn always toward deepening comprehension Here we encounter the stealth of feeling s arrival as some strings, untouched, sound when a near one is speaking So it was when love slipped inside us , an anatomy of solitude wrong solitude vinegars the soul, right solitude oils it , a reflection on perishability and the sweetness its acceptance invites into our midst How suddenly then the strange happiness took me, like a man with strong hands and strong mouth , and a muscular, unblindfolded awareness of our shared political and planetary fate To read these startlingly true poems is to find our own feelings eloquently ensnared Whether delving into intimately familiar moments or bringing forward some experience until now outside words, Hirshfield finds for each face of our lives its metamorphosing portrait, its particular, memorable, singing and singular name Love in AugustWhite mothsagainst the screenin August darkness.Some clamor in envy.Some spread largeas two handsof a thiefwho wants to put back in your cupboardthe long taken silver.

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    1. Mike Lindgren on said:

      This is the kind of poetry collection that presents a real problem for me. I can see that these poems are well-crafted, sensitive, perceptive, and thoughtful. I can tell that the author has a good ear for the language and I suspect that she is a deeply kind and spiritual person who is acutely alive to the world around her. I can also predict that I will have completely forgotten about this book approximately seventeen minutes after I finish typing this review. Sigh.

    2. Antonia on said:

      Really enjoyed this. Probably my favorite of Hirshfield's collections (at least of what I've read, which is not all). I'm partial to the very short ones that just glitter like gems. Here are three of my favorites.If Truth Is the Lure, Humans Are Fishes Under each station of the real, another glimmers.And so the love of false-bottomed drawersand the salt mines outside Kraków,going down and down without drowning.A man harms his wife, his child.He says, “Here is the reason.”She says, “Here i [...]

    3. Caroline on said:

      Well, we didn’t like this at all but possibly the most fun we’ve ever had at a poetry reading. Tiny wrists and puzzles.

    4. Kasey Jueds on said:

      Jane Hirshfield is my absolute favorite contemporary poet. And this most recent book is both wise and gorgeous. Her work seems to be becoming quieter, more transparent--and at the same time the poems are still mysterious and strange (in the best possible way), startling and beautiful. I love and admire the way they take in both the very small and daily (cats, sweaters, cups of coffee) and the very large (death, silk roads, Anna Karenina, war, torture) and I especially love the way they don't dis [...]

    5. World Literature Today on said:

      "Although the range of material and features of style are essentially that of her earlier work—that is, not developmentally new—Jane Hirshfield’s latest book of poetry nevertheless offers some of her best poems to date." - Fred Dings, The University of South CarolinaThis book was reviewed in the May/June 2012 issue of World Literature Today. You can access the full review by visiting our website: worldliteraturetoday/2012/

    6. Pascale Petit on said:

      This is Jane Hirshfield's best book. I can go back to it again and again and each time find something new, whether it's a fresh way of looking at the world or just sheer admiration of her spare but expansive style and incisive eye. I've also happily reviewed it for Poetry Review.

    7. David on said:

      Wonderful new collection of poems by a deft and thoughtful observer of modern life.

    8. AnandaTashie on said:

      Turns out, I don't think I can fall in love with most of Hirshfield's poetry if this book is any indication. I read some, skimmed some, read first stanzas of some. (Poetry is not meant to be skimmed or read in part, but most just didn't pull me in.) However! The amazing beauty and power of this poem moved the book to 4 stars for me: This, your life had said, its only pronoun.Here, your life had said, its only house.Let, your life had said, its only order.And did you have a choice in this? You di [...]

    9. Literary Review The on said:

      Jane HirshfieldCome, Thief(New York: Knopf, 2011)Poet Jane Hirshfield’s new book, Come, Thief, reaches from stillness to the bounding life. As she writes in “The Tongue Says Loneliness,” “this life is not a gate, but the horse plunging through it.” The poems turn in a variety of directions, even at one point, toward Pompeii. Through a variety of forms, Hirshfield asks that readers attend their own worlds to observe both the natural and the manmade in order to learn about humanity. We [...]

    10. Doann Houghton-Alico on said:

      For the most part I love her poetry. I have read this, but know I'll be re-reading various poems in it periodically. Every once in a while I find a line that doesn't work for me. Here's an example of a great line and then ones I don't understand:From Big-Leaf Maple Standing Over Its Own Reflection:The members of one Siberian tribespoke of good things in metaphor only:"The god are jealous, but stupid," they kindly explained.I love that thought! But just before that is a stanza that starts:"How ma [...]

    11. Mandy on said:

      It opens with my favorite poem of the collection, French Horn, which wraps with these lovely lines:Let others claps.These two, their ears still ringing, hear nothing.Not the the shouts of bravo, bravo,not the timpanic clamor inside their bodies.As the plum's blossoms do not hear the beenot taste themselves turned into storable honey by that sumptuous disturbance.Nothing that comes ever reaches quite that level of piquancy again, but it is still so laced with little treasures that it would be har [...]

    12. Michael Morris on said:

      I do like Jane Hirshfield's poems. They are spiritual, but in the grounded, undogmatic sense of mindfulness. They take the stuff of everyday life and direct our inner gaze beyond the surface, and all without overwrought language or impossible to decipher allusions. There is a bit of wry humor in her mostly short, sometimes terse, lines.There are a handful of pieces in this collection that do not work for me. I got the feeling a few times that I was being hammered with similes or aphorisms. Howev [...]

    13. T Fool on said:

      A great deal more should be said about this collection than this will say. Poems like this are not just 'tiny universes' self-contained in a network of tight coherence. They've taught themselves to be 'tiny Asian universes'. By which I mean this. To the English language ear, translations of Chinese and Japanese poetry take on the sense that a film gives when periodic frames are deliberately excised and the eye skips and the mind works more to fill in what, naturalistically, should be there. Or t [...]

    14. William Reichard on said:

      I often like Jane Hirshfield's poems, but then I tend to read them out of context, in magazines or journals. As a collection, "Come, Thief" feels too precious, each poem a little jewel of observation. The problem, for me, is that these little jewels pile up and become too cloying, too self-consciously "wise" and after a while, I stop trusting the poet's voice - the poems start to feel as if they're written more by formula and less by real inspiration.

    15. Kaye on said:

      I'm still figuring out what kinds of poetry I like, but some of this was not what I was looking for. Many of the poems were excellent. Several of the poems early in the volume were a bit disjointed, and I prefer poems that are tighter and less gestured.I really liked "When Your Life Looks Back," "A Small-Sized Mystery," "The Egg Had Frozen, An Accident," and "All the Difficult Hours and Minutes."

    16. Rhonda on said:

      Hirshfield is one of my favorite living poets. This collection is inspiring and enlightening. She has a keen command of our language and is a master of imagination. There is a profoundness in every day events and Hirshfield captures it line by line. I will be reading this treasure again and again. Delicious!

    17. Chad on said:

      Read for National Poetry Month 2016."Think assailable thoughts, or be lonely." (fromSentencings )I appreciate this poet's ability to show the sacred or spiritual in common emotions and normal human events. That she does so with simple, everyday language, is amazing to me. She shows the transcendent without using transcendent imagery. Can't wait to read more.

    18. Sandra on said:

      These poems are a hike in the mountains with high peaks like "French Horn" and "When Your Life Looks Back." All are meditations,sparer than I am accustomed to in her work; they invite re-reading. I am especially drawn to "The Pear," 'Washing Doorknobs," and "Seawater Stiffens Cloth."

    19. Jennifer on said:

      More difficult than earlier books of her work. I'm going to have to read through these poems again. Not necessarily a bad thing, but a surprise. Much work on aging and grief. As one might expect. Very inspiring -- makes me want to write my own poems, with not all work does these days.

    20. Cheryl on said:

      This book is at once dense and sparse, deep and thick. Each poem captivates with its rich images of passing through, of inviting the thief inside, of welcoming the changes that come with loss, love, and life.

    21. Spencer on said:

      "A life is shaped by what it holds or makes. I make these words for what they can't replace." What a voice! What insight! I adored this entire collection. Poetry! I will be reading more from Hirshfield as quickly as I can get my hands on it. YES!!!

    22. Marissa on said:

      Hirshfield's poems are as open, inviting, observant, and haunting as ever. Learn more about the poet in her interview on Words With Writers: wordswithwriters/2011/12/0

    23. Linda on said:

      I'm not writing here - but if you're interested, go to Kasey Jued's review of this book. I'd like to just quote her review in full.

    24. David Anthony Sam on said:

      Certainly one of Jane Hirshfield's finest collections---how she shows the everyday to be both evanescent and numinous. How she makes the tragic and comic in our lives from simple words and images.

    25. William on said:

      "A day is vast. Until noon. Then it's over."this book is great, jane hirshfield is the best.

    26. Krista on said:

      I liked this collection of poems. Some made me stop and think, others took me to a faraway place, others I just nodded, and continued on. Inspires me to get back into writing more poetry of my own.

    27. Rebecca on said:

      My favorite poem was Vinegar and Oil, but I also liked Washing Doorknobs, Fifteen Pebbles and The Tongue Says Loneliness. The author's use of words is just wonderful, it makes them feel new.

    28. Cheryl on said:

      These poems are the last breath before sleep, the first taste of the first summer blueberry on your tongue, the last blink before you emerge from the forest into the sunshine. Simple, quiet, thoughtful. Yes, we perish, but we can cherish the moments before we do, the gifts strewn around us like pennies. Every journey, begun somewhere, with a destination, ending somewhere else, but similar to great migrations of feeling and thought. A blessing for a wedding that takes my breath away, and will be [...]

    29. Patti K on said:

      This 2011 book of poems is again full of observations and images that reflecther Buddhist thought. Some even read as a Zen koan. Some poems are a littleodd or awkward in their syntax as if the thought was riddled with contradiction.Some of her lines break through though and are highly charged. "As this life isnot a gate, but the horse plunging through it." Hirshfield is always good reading and this book is no exception. It is a bit harder to read though thansome of her others.

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