Jane Hirshfield

Jane at her Barclay Agency page

and at pages for her at:
Poetry Foundation
Academy of American Poets

Cuke podcast with Jane 🔊 - That's a link to the podcast on Cuke Podcast home, Podbean. For links to the podcast on other platforms go to the Cuke Podcast page or search for “Cuke Audio Podcast” in your favorite podcast app.

While This Everywhere Crying - an interview with Jane in the Nation, Nov. 2023

Podcast - Ezra Kelin Interviews Jane Hirshfield - may be a paywall but not at other platforms like Spotify. She talks about Tassajara some.

Podcast - Zen Luminaries with Jane Hirshfield interviewed by John Joseph

The Asking The Asking: New and Selected Poems by Jane Hirshfield (2023)

The long-awaited new and selected collection by the author of “some of the most important poetry in the world today” (The New York Times Magazine), assaying the ranges of our shared and borrowed lives: our bonds of eros and responsibilities to the planet; the singing dictions and searchlight dimensions of perception; the willing plunge into an existence both perishing and beloved, dazzling “even now, even here” on Amazon


20-03-11 - Jane Hirshfield's 2020 book of poetry, Ledger

21-04-23 - Let Them Not Say is a powerful poem by Jane Hirshfield from Ledger herein set to music by a Scottish composer, Christ Hutchings, a climate activist and founder of Choirs For Climate. He did this video for Earth Day.

The Slow Joy of Jane Hirshfield’s Ledger  by Colleen Morton Busch in Orion Magazine in Orion Magazine.

Penguin Random House page for this book | Tricycle review

Jane is a poet, essayest, Buddhist, and a friend and supporter and advisor of Cuke Archives. I'm most fortunate to have had her keen eye to go over Thank You and OK! and Crooked Cucumber. I got to know her at the SF Zenter back in the seventies and eighties. Her statement of support for Cuke Archives is at the bottom of this page.

Books by Jane Hirshfield on her Amazon.com page


Some posts from Cuke What's New Blog or cuke.com

March, 2017 - On Joanne Kyger - I knew her just a little, and her great kindness is what stepped forward for me, when I heard this news. And of course, the poems. I'm really glad to see the NY Times gave her an obituary, even if even that was couched in terms of her relationships more than her own merits.

May, 2017 -  Jane Hirshfield's On the Fifth Day poem getting international attention

On Tassajara fire history page: 2015 - September 21 - Cachagua Fire - Firefighters Winning in Cachagua. Cachagua Fire approaching Jamesburg and Tassajara's road house seems to be under control. Check out Cachagua Fire Dept. Facebook page. - thanks Jane Hirshfield- from the cuke blog

March 2013 - A week after my mother died, Susan Motheral sent these poems in her memory to me. - dc

6-25-12 - Jane on Katharine Thanas upon Katharine's death: "When I feel my way toward Katherine right now, what I feel inside myself, without any foundation but there, is her strong practice spirit. That it is all right to live and it is all right to die."

4-29-08 - Jane passes on an anonymous memory of Shunryu Suzuki.

2-06-08 - Zen and the Art of Poetry: An Interview with Jane Hirshfield

September 1999 Readers' Comments - From poetess and dear friend Jane Hirshfield: Subject: Huge Gratitude. I e-mailed the Tassajara office for fire updates and asked if there might be somewhere where updates were being posted and found out that way that you were doing it in cuke.com, as I'd wondered in your topic on the Well but hadn't got around to checking. Thank you so much, David, for serving as a nerve center for the Diaspora-sangha. I was also moved to read the rest of Sangha News. I hadn't even heard that Dan Harvey had died (I was also at Greens with him).


A lecture Jane gave in 2019 at Smith College on YouTube

Jane on Cuke Archives for the 2023 Cuke Update

David Chadwick's unswerving decades-long dedication to the preservation of Suzuki-roshi's teachings and their legacy in both those who practiced with him directly and succeeding generations is a contribution beyond measure. I support the Cuke.com archive's continuance with huge gratitude to David for having taken this  work on, and hope everyone receiving this request will give whatever they can to this indispensable record and treasure trove of the dharma.

Jane and Annette

Jane with Annette Lylle outside a Tassajara hill cabin, 1975

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