Jane Hirshfield at City Lights!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 7:00 P.M., City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco

Jane Hirshfield is the author of six previous collections of poetry, a now-classic book of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, and three books collecting the work of women poets from the past. Her awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the Academy of American Poets, and the National Endowment for the Arts; three Pushcart Prizes; the California Book Award; The Poetry Center Book Award; and other honors. Her poems appear regularly in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Poetry and have been included in six editions of The Best American Poetry. Her collection Given Sugar, Given Salt was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and After was named a “Best Book of 2006” by The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the United Kingdom’s Financial Times. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Come, Thief is a revelatory, indispensable collection of poems from Jane Hirshfield that centers on beauty, time, and the full embrace of an existence that time cannot help but steal from our arms. Hirshfield is unsurpassed in her ability to sink into a moment’s essence and exchange something of herself with its finite music—and then, in seemingly simple, inevitable words, to deliver that exchange to us in poems that vibrate with form and expression perfectly united. Hirshfield’s poems of discovery, acknowledgment of the difficult, and praise turn always toward deepening comprehension. Here we encounter the stealth of feeling’s arrival (“as some strings, untouched, / sound when a near one is speaking. / So it was when love slipped inside us”), an anatomy of solitude (“wrong solitude vinegars the soul, / right solitude oils it”), a reflection on perishability and the sweetness its acceptance invites into our midst (“How suddenly then / the strange happiness took me, / like a man with strong hands and strong mouth”), and a muscular, unblindfolded awareness of our shared political and planetary fate. To read these startlingly true poems is to find our own feelings eloquently ensnared. Whether delving into intimately familiar moments or bringing forward some experience until now outside words, Hirshfield finds for each face of our lives its metamorphosing portrait, its particular, memorable, singing and singular name.

Reading in the Mission

Thursday September 22, 2011
7pm to 10 pm
Om Shan Tea
233 14th Street, corner of Natoma,
(bet. Mission & South Van Ness)
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Open Heart Poetry @ Om Shan Tea
Open Heart Poetry
Hosted by Marc Kockinos
Featured Poet
La Tigresa
reading from her acclaimed new book, NAKED SACRED EARTH POEMS
La Tigresa is a consummate performer, who brings a skilled theatrical quality to her readings.
Her work praises Nature, and urges the listener to connect
with the Earth and protect the environment.

Open Heart Poetry is a weekly
gathering to bask in the poetry of awakening.
Please come with open ears, minds, hearts and words to share.
$5 min. for tea and vegan food (support the venue that supports us!


Open Mic- Poetry in the Mission

Sunday September 18, 2011
4:00 pm
Sun Rise Restaurant-

3126  24th. Street (near folsom) San Francisco

…Continuing with the great tradition of poetry in the Mission District.
Poesía Revuelta/ Mixed Poetry. Open mic.
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Mixed poetry with hope
Mixed poetry with wind
Mixed poetry with anger
Mixed poetry with rivers
Mixed Poetry with mountains
Mixed poetry with justice
Mixed poetry with new and established poets and musicians
Mixed poetry with young poets and with children
Mixed poetry colors
Mixed poetry for all ages and races
Mixed poetry and all languages
Mixed Poetry for us all
Above all Poetry mixed with love.

– San Francisco Art and Poetry


Poets for Change- Check out CWROPPS

Anybody interested in participating in a pretty impressive-sounding reading, check the following out–this memo was sent to me via cwropps@aol.com. Join their email group to receive a consistent stream of writing opportunities of all kinds.

We are seeking submissions for TEN THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE,


This amazing world-wide event is happening on Saturday September 24th and has been recognized as the largest poetry reading in history. Poets will be reading in cities across the globe in a demonstration/celebration of poetry to promote social, environmental, and political change. We are organizing an event in Berkeley and looking for poets to read in a performance that begins at 8pm that evening at the Subterranean Art House, http://subterraneanarthouse.org/.

If chosen, you will be reading along side Poets
Mama Coatl, http://www.reverbnation.com/mamacoatl
Chris Cole, http://disembodiedpoetics.com/
Jenny Overman, http://jennyoverman.com/
and Sam Pierstorff,  http://www.slamonrye.com

All poetry read this night will be archived at Stanford University.

Please submit 1-2 poems, 2 pages MAX, (we will not read more than 2 pages) please include a short bio, and send you submissions to:

<nightgirlpoetry(at)gmail.com> by August 29, 2011. Replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail.