After

Poems

by Jane Hirshfield

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A perceptive new collection of poetry by the critically acclaimed writer incisively explores such topics as global warming, tool use in animals, sneezing, and our relationship to certainty, possibility, judgment, and grief, all the while reflecting on the influence of time on human life. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

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After

Poems


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Copyright © 2007 Jane Hirshfield
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780060779191

After Long Silence

Politeness fades,

a small anchovy gleam
leaving the upturned pot in the dish rack
after the moon has wandered out of the window.

One of the late freedoms, there in the dark.
The leftover soup put away as well.

Distinctions matter. Whether a goat's
quiet face should be called noble
or indifferent. The difference between a right rigor and pride.

The untranslatable thought must be the most precise.

Yet words are not the end of thought, they are where it begins.

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