Thursday, February 23, 2023
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An Evening of Poetry
Jane Hirshfield, Robert Pinsky, and Lyrae van Clief-Stefanon
Thursday, 23 February, 2023 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time
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Jane Hirshfield's poems have been described by the Washington Post as belonging “among the modern masters”. In the award citation for the Academy of American Poets' fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement, the noted poet Rosanna Warren writes:
Hirshfield has elaborated a sensuously philosophical art that imposes a pause in our fast-forward habits of mind. Her poems appear simple, and are not. Her language, in its cleanliness and transparency, poses riddles of a quietly metaphysical nature. Clause by clause, image by image, in language at once mysterious and commonplace, Hirshfield's poems clear a space for reflection and change. They invite ethical awareness, and establish a delicate balance.
Hirshfield is the author of nine collections of poetry, including Ledger (Knopf, 2020), The Beauty (Knopf, 2015), long-listed for the National Book Award; Given Sugar, Given Salt (HarperCollins, 2001), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and After, short-listed for the T.S. Eliot Prize and named a “best book of 2006” by the Washington Post. Her other books include two collections of essays: Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (1997) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (2015), and four books of translations of works by the poets Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Mirabai (with Robert Bly), and Basho. Her next collection of poetry, The Asking: New & Selected Poems is forthcoming from Knopf (September 2023).
Hirshfield's honors include the Academy of American Poets' Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets; Columbia University’s Translation Center Award; The Poetry Center Book Award, The California Book Award, the Northern California Book Reviewers Award, and the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. In 2012, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Hirshfield has taught at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Bennington College, and elsewhere.
Robert Pinsky was the US Poet Laureate from 1997-2000. He has authored nineteen collections of poetry, including Selected Poems (FSG, 2011), The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and the prose book, The Life of David.
Pinsky's landmark translation of The Inferno of Dante received the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Howard Morton Landon Prize for translation. He is also co-translator of The Separate Notebooks, poems by Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz. He most recently published his memoirs, Jersey Breaks (WW Norton, 2022); while his most recent collection of poetry is At the Foundling Hospital (FSG, 2016).
Pinsky publishes frequently in magazines such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Threepenny Review and The Best American Poetry anthologies. His honors include the PEN/Voelcker Award, the William Carlos Williams Prize, the Lenore Marshall Prize, Italy’s Premio Capri, the Korean Manhae Award and the Harold Washington Award from the City of Chicago. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University which, in 2015, named Robert Pinsky a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor.
Lyrae van Clief-Stefanon
Lyrae van Clief-Stefanon is the author of ] Open Interval [ (Pittsburgh Press, 2009), a finalist for the National Book Award and the LA Times Book Prize, and Black Swan (Pittsburgh Press, 2001), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She has been awarded fellowships from Cave Canem, the Lannan Foundation, and Civitella Ranieri.
van Clief-Stefanon is an associate professor in the department of Literatures in English at Cornell University.
It is foolish
to let a young redwood
grow next to a house.
Even in this
you will have to choose.
That great calm being,
this clutter of soup pots and books—
Already the first branch-tips brush at the window.
Softly, calmly, immensity taps at your life.
(from Given Sugar, Given Salt, 2001)
When I had no roof I made
Audacity my roof. When I had
No supper my eyes dined.
When I had no eyes I listened.
When I had no ears I thought.
When I had no thought I waited.
When I had no father I made
Care my father. When I had
No mother I embraced order.
When I had no friend I made
Quiet my friend. When I had no
Enemy I opposed my body.
When I had no temple I made
My voice my temple. I have
No priest, my tongue is my choir.
When I have no means fortune
Is my means. When I have
Nothing, death will be my fortune.
Need is my tactic, detachment
Is my strategy. When I had
No lover I courted my sleep.
(from Jersey Rain, 2000)
Lyrae van Clief-Stefanon
when I was a girl the reason I feared I would not be
snatched up at the rapture
was I daydreamed
a farm and a hand to tend
horses I mused
for myself. the way I rode
in the backseat of my mother’s Cordoba and felt
that man’s imagined hand on me
made me love
the long ride home from church.
more than heaven then. I wanted
and a servant. my flesh whispered.
a wild stream.
(from PEN Poetry Series, 2016)
We'd love for you to support our wonderful featured poets by buying a their books. You can order at the following links:
- Jane Hirshfield, Ledger (Penguin Random House, 2020)
- Jane Hirshfield, The Beauty (Penguin Random House, 2015)
- Jane Hirshfield, Come, Thief (Penguin Random House, 2011)
- Lyrae van Clief-Stefanon, ] Open Interval [ (Pittsburgh Press, 2009)
- Lyrae van Clief-Stefanon, Black Swan (Pittsburgh Press, 2002)
- Robert Pinsky, Jersey Breaks (W.W. Norton, 2022)
- Robert Pinsky, At the Foundling Hospital (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2016)
- Robert Pinsky, Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2011)