Jane Hirshfield’s most recent books are The Beauty, a collection of poems, and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World. She was the Mohr Visiting Poet at Stanford in 2016. (November 2018)


My Confession

Immortal soul, I did not believe in you. Against the age’s preference, I wanted for your markings and history the markings and history of, say, a small zebra— slightly implausible, far from unique, one visible pelt meant to disappear into the …