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In celebration of National Poetry Month, every day we're posting a new poem from the spoken-word album Poetic License, a three-CD set that features one hundred performers of stage and screen reading one hundred poems selected by the actors themselves. From Shakespeare and Dickinson to Lucille Clifton and Allen Ginsberg, the lineup spans contemporary American poetry and classics of the Western canon.
Jane Hirshfield is the author of six poetry collections, most recently After (HarperCollins, 2006), and a book of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (HarperCollins, 1997). She has also translated, along with Robert Bly, the poems of the fifteenth-century ecstatic poet Mirabai, who was born a princess in Rajasthan, India, but left her family to become a wandering poet-saint.
Brenda Wehle has appeared in film and television programs, including Malcolm in the Middle and Party of Five, as well as in stage performances of Pygmalion and Come Back, Little Sheba.
"Lake and Maple" by Jane Hirshfield, from Poetic License produced by Glen Roven. Copyright © 2010 by GPR Records. Used with permission of GPR Records.