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Jane Hirshfield lives in northern California. Her first book of poetry published in the UK was Each Happiness Ringed by Lions: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2005), which draws on her first five collections. Her later collections have been published by Bloodaxe in Britain: After (2006), a Poetry Book Society Choice, which was short-listed for the T.S. Eliot Prize; Come, Thief (2012) and now The Beauty (2015). She edited the bestselling anthology Women in Praise of the Sacred (1994), and co-translated The Ink Dark Moon: Poems by Ono No Komachi and Izumi Shikibu (1988) - another bestseller in the States - and, with Robert Bly, Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems (2004). A book of her Newcastle/Bloodaxe Poetry Lectures, Hiddenness, Uncertainty, Surprise, was published by Bloodaxe in 2008.


'Hirshfield's lucid poems are philosophical and sensuous, concise yet mysterious - Wittily deductive and meta-physically resplendent, Hirshfield's supple and knowing poems reflect her long view, her quest for balance, and her exuberant participation in the circle dance of existence' - Donna Seaman, Booklist. 'Clear-eyed and often numinous poems - a deepening attention to every aspect of human experience, from the dailiness of our lives to the most ineffable moments' - Steven Ratiner, Washington Post. 'Jane Hirshfield is a poet very close to my heart' - Wislawa Szymborska. 'A profound empathy for the suffering of all living beings - It is precisely this that I praise in the poetry of Jane Hirshfield - In its highly sensuous detail, her poetry illuminates the Buddhist virtue of mindfulness' - Czeslaw Milosz, Prze Kroj (Poland). 'Her poetry is a rich and assured gift - an extraordinary intertwining of cherished detail and passionate abstraction - The poems' realised ambition is wisdom' - Alison Brackenbury, Agenda. 'Poems of quiet wisdom, steeped in a profound understanding of what it it to be human' - The Scotsman.

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