Each Day I Choose From Among The Steepening Reminders

Each day I choose
from among the steepening reminders

of all I have failed to finish, failed to begin.

I open a right-hand cover and read the last page.

Phrases severe and perfect rise before me,

wrung from every extremity of joy and sleek-limbed loss.

Borges, Sinyavsky, Hadewijch, Sappho, Li Po.

More arrive each week, ink sharp as new hunger.

And these are only the books:

the thing already ambered, capable of waiting, turned to words.

-Jane Hirshfield

note: The poem, Each Day I Choose From Among The Steepening Reminders, is from the book of poems, Given Sugar, Given Salt by Jane Hirshfield

3 thoughts on “Each Day I Choose From Among The Steepening Reminders

    • Thank you.
      Jane Hirshfield is a regular faculty member at the Napa Valley Writer’s Conference since 1993. I attend her poetry reading during the conference which is usually held in one of the wineries.She was here this year.I always love her nimble, tip-toe-steps kind of poetry. She writes clear lyrical essays: Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry.

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