Death and Poetry – UCSF Memory and Aging Center

I few months ago, I wrote about my out-of-body experience (spending the evening with a couple of exes) compliments of the University of California San Francisco Memory and Aging Center, where death and dying was discussed through the medium of poetry. Jane Hirshfield, poet and the Hellman Visiting Artist at the center (2012-13), led the … Continue reading Death and Poetry – UCSF Memory and Aging Center

Smacking Fiction with Poetry

One of the Christmas presents I bought for myself, asked the bookstore to wrap, and gave to my husband to put in my stocking was Jane Hirshfield's book of essays called Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. I'd heard Hirshfield read years ago, perhaps in 2000, and knew a little of her work. It … Continue reading Smacking Fiction with Poetry

Poetry and Death

So I spent last night in the presence of death and two exes: exhilaration and exhaustion. And with a marvelous improvisational violinist, Shira Kammen, whose ephemeral music was fitting for the occasion. There were others there with me, an auditorium filled with people, to discuss the "usefulness" of poetry as a way of transforming end-of-life … Continue reading Poetry and Death