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A painting by Mary Alayne Thomas

Mary Alayne Thomas

This issue's poetry page.

Little soul,you have wanderedlost a long time. The woods all dark now,birded and eyed. Then a light, a cabin, a fire, a door standing open. The fairy tales warn you:Do not go in,you who would eat will be eaten. You go in. You quicken.You want to have feet.You want to have eyes.You want to have fears. Excerpted from Ledgerby Jane Hirshfield. © 2020 by Jane Hirshfield. Available for sale on March 10. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. …

About the Author

Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield is the author of nine books of poetry and has edited and co-translated four books presenting the work of world poets from the past. Her books have received the Poetry Center Book Award, the California Book Award, and the Donald Hal-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. Her poems appear in a wide range of outlets. A resident of Northern California, she is a chancellor emerita of the Academy of American Poets.

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