Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature: over 400,000 monthly users

Video: Jane Hirshfield reads “For What Binds Us”

Jane Hirshfield reads her poem “For What Binds Us.” Part of the Poetry Everywhere project airing on public television. Produced by David Grubin Productions and WGBH Boston, in association with the Poetry Foundation. Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.

Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to watch the video.

Jane Hirshfield was born in New York City in 1953. Describing her decision to leave the poetry world shortly after publishing her first poem in 1973, she told reviewer Rose Scolari, “I felt that I’d never make much of a poet if I didn’t know more than I knew at that time about what it means to be a human being.” Hirshfield spent the next eight years studying Zen Buddhism at the San Francisco Zen Center. She returned to writing and teaching in the early 1980s and has since published several collections of poetry, including Of Gravity & Angels, After, and Given Sugar, Given Salt, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. “For Hirshfield, concerns about judgement, certainty, and human agency have been a pulse running through her life and her poems,” wrote literary critic Cynthia Haven. “Do we have any ability to truly affect one another, or are we helpless, unable to do more than witness each other’s suffering?” Among Hirshfield’s many honors are a Poetry Center Book Award, fellowships form the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, and Columbia University’s Translation Center Award. She has taught at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of San Francisco, and has been Elliston Visiting Poet at the University of Cincinnati. She is currently on the faculty of the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars.



3 comments on “Video: Jane Hirshfield reads “For What Binds Us”

  1. Sarah Gordon
    March 23, 2021

    Love this!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. triciaknoll
    March 22, 2017

    Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. anisioluiz2008
    March 22, 2017

    Reblogged this on O LADO ESCURO DA LUA.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Enter your email address to follow Vox Populi and receive new posts by email.

Join 12,141 other followers

Blog Stats

  • 4,314,849 hits


%d bloggers like this: