The October Palace


Grounded in a series of mediations upon the life of the feeling heart in the world, Jane Hirshfield's long-awaited third collection of poetry explores the ways that radiance dwells most truly in the ordinary, the difficult, and the plain.

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Grounded in a series of mediations upon the life of the feeling heart in the world, Jane Hirshfield's long-awaited third collection of poetry explores the ways that radiance dwells most truly in the ordinary, the difficult, and the plain.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060969974
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1994
  • Series: Harper Perennial
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 108
  • Sales rank: 995,965
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of five previous poetry collections and a book of essays, Jane Hirshfield has been a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and England’s T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry, and she is the winner of the Poetry Center Book Award, the California Book Award, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, the Los Angeles Times, and multiple volumes of The Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies.

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Table of Contents

The Kingdom 3
What the Heart Wants 7
Red Poppies 8
Each Step 9
The Shadow 10
The House in Winter 11
Cycladic Figure: The Harp Player ca. 3000 B.C.E. 13
History as the Painter Bonnard 15
The Wedding 16
A Plenitude 18
Narcissus: Tel Aviv, Baghdad, San Francisco; February 1991 20
For the Autumn Dead: Election Day, 1984 21
"Perceptibility Is a Kind of Attentiveness" 23
Storm: Yaddo, 1989 25
In the Year Eight Hundred 27
The Ritual 28
A Recurring Possibility 29
The World 30
Floor 32
The Hawk Cry 33
The Sting 35
Autumn 37
What Falls 38
The Door 40
1973 43
Happiness 45
This Love 46
Inspiration 47
The Love of Aged Horses 48
At Nightfall 49
Percolation 51
The Groundfall Pear 52
At the Roosevelt Baths 53
A Breakable Spell 56
For a Wedding on Mount Tamalpais 58
The Mesmer 59
Under the River 60
Courtship 61
The Water Diamonds 63
For a Gelding 64
The Task 65
In Yellow Grass 66
Even the Vanishing Housed 67
A Sweetening All Around Me as It Falls 71
The November Angels 72
Of the Body 74
The Thief 75
Leaving the October Palace 76
Just Below the Surface 77
Ripeness 78
The Weighing 79
Meeting the Light Completely 80
The Gods Are Not Large 81
The Heart as Origami 82
An Earthly Beauty 83
Within This Tree 84
Empedocles' Physics 85
The Window 86
The Stone of Heaven 88
Notes to the Poems 91
About the Author 93
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