Jane Hirshfield

In a Room with Many Windows
October 4, 2012 Hirshfield Jane

In a Room with Many Windows


In a room with many windows

some thoughts slide past uncatchable, ghostly.

Three silent bicyclists. Slowly, a woman on crutches.

It is like the night you slept out on the sandy edge of a creek bank,

feeling the step of some light, clawed thing on your palm,

crossing to drink. You were nothing to it.

Hummock. Earth clump. Root knob wild in the dark.

Like that thirsty creature.

You could guess it, but you can’t name it.

Jane Hirshfield‘s most recent, eighth book of poetry, The Beauty (Knopf, 2015) was long listed for the National Book Award; her second collection of essays, Ten Windows (Knopf, 2015) received the Northern California Book Award. Her work appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Review of Books, Poetry, and eight edition of The Best American Poetry. From 2012-2017, she served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.