Jane Hirshfield

By the time

the low branches

riped the pigeons are fat,

and can be generous.

Just so, let

the gods take what they want

of this world and its high nectars—

Know they will leave

the stews and the nipple's erectness,

the unguarded, late-sweetening


Found In Volume 25, No. 03
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Jane Hirshfield
About the Author

Hirshfield’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, Harper’s, The Nation, Orion,  Poetry, eight editions of The Best American Poetry, four Pushcart Prize Anthologies, and many other publications.  In 2012, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.