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Video: “Optimism” by Jane Hirshfield

More and more I have come to admire resilience.
Not the simple resistance of a pillow, whose foam
returns over and over to the same shape, but the sinuous
tenacity of a tree: finding the light newly blocked on one side,
it turns in another. A blind intelligence, true.
But out of such persistence arose turtles, rivers,
mitochondria, figs—all this resinous, unretractable earth.
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Video created for The Universe in Verse 2018, curated and hosted by Maria Popova.

Poem: “Optimism” by Jane Hirshfield, read by the author.
Film concept by Maria Popova and Kelli Anderson.
Papercraft animation by Kelli Anderson.
Music: “Optimist” by Zoë Keating.

“Optimism” appears in Jane Hirshfield’s Each Happiness Ringed by Lions: Selected Poems.

Running time: 1:10

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“Bouquet” by Kelli Anderson

One comment on “Video: “Optimism” by Jane Hirshfield

  1. charliebrice2017
    June 9, 2019

    Absolutely wonderful! Thanks for posting it. Charlie

    Sent from my iPhone

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    Liked by 1 person

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