Winter 2005 • Vol. XXVII No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 2005 |

Nine Pebbles

AFTER DEGAS The woman who will soon take a lover shaves her legs in the bath, considering: would knowing or not knowing she does this please him more. ECSTASY: CZECHOSLAVAKIA 1933 The actress was only seventeen, and so the director arranged to have her pricked lightly with pins at the needed moments. THE COMPLAINT "I do not like his most recent book," one master said of another. "It compels weeping." CHARACTER AND LIFE The young novelist held underwater the head of the character in his book he loved best. In the book and as he wrote, he counted until he was sure it was finished. WHY BODHIDHARMA WENT TO HOWARD JOHNSON'S "Where is your home," the interviewer asked him. "Here." "No, no," the interviewer said, thinking it a problem of translation, "when you are where you actually live." Now it was his turn to think, perhaps the translation? THE GRATED LEMON RIND BITTERS THE OIL IT STEEPS IN The grated lemon rind bitters the oil it

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Jane Hirshfield is the author of two new books, The Beauty (poems) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (essays), both appearing from Knopf in Spring 2015. She is a current Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

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