“Let Them Not Say”- A Musical Composition Based on a Poem By Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield’s poem “Let Them Not Say” has become something of an anthem in the environmental movement. For Earth day 2021, the Scottish eco-activist composer Chris Hutchings used it in making this beautiful and harrowing music video.



Jane Hirshfield’s nine poetry books include Ledger (March, 2020); The Beauty, long-listed for the 2015 National Book Award; Given Sugar, Given Salta finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award; and Aftershort-listed for England’s T.S. Eliot Award and named a “best book of 2006” by The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and England’s Financial Times. Her two collections of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (1997) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (2015), have become classics in their field, as have her four books collecting and co-translating the work of world poets from the past: The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of JapanWomen in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by WomenMirabai: Ecstatic Poems; and The Heart of Haiku, on Matsuo Basho, named an Amazon Best Book of 2011. 

Jane’s work appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Review of Books, Poetry, and ten editions of The Best American Poetry. In 2004, she was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets, an honor formerly held by such poets as Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Elizabeth Bishop. In 2012, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In 2017, in conjunction with reading to an estimated 50,000 people on the Washington Mall at the first March For Science, she co-founded Poets For Science, housed with the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University. In 2019, she was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Science.



Poetry &: An Afternoon Poetry Masterclass

This afternoon online masterclass will focus on the poem as an act of connection and inter-connection. It’s called Poetry & because a poem is not bottled wine stored in a cellar, it is a transforming engagement with life that is both within and beyond its own words.

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