Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield’s “A Carbon-Based Life Form”

New York-born poet Jane Hirshfield studied Zen at the San Francisco Zen Center and at the monastery in Tassajara for a total of eight years before going on to garner a host of accolades for her poetry writing and editorial work.


“A Carbon-Based Life Form”

A person tired from happiness grows sober.

Another, worn through
By sadness, stumbles into a kind of joy.

It is like a dog alone in a house, barking to hear its own kind.

Nothing needs to be added. Yet we do.


Jane Hirshfield
From: Given Sugar, Given Salt

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