Jane Hirshfield

b. 1953
Jane Hirshfield

Born in New York City, Jane Hirshfield was among the first women to graduate from Princeton University, followed by years of further education at the San Francisco Zen Center. Hirshfield’s verse—vibrant with life, nature, and metaphysics—is deeply influenced by Zen Buddhism and Japanese poetry.

Poems

What People are Saying

"I learned just how much deeper your understanding of a poem is when you memorize it than when you just read it a couple of times, and how you understand it a little better every single time you recite it."
Alex Hanesworth
2015 WA POL Champion