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Poet Jane Hirshfield on bearing witness to the beauty of an imperiled world

Q. Many of the poems in “Ledger” suggest a deep concern for the present environmental crisis, a situation whose urgency seems increasingly difficult to ignore. Recently your own state of California has been burning with fires of historic proportion.

A. This Sept. 9 was world-displacingly wrong. I have not recovered from it. The morning began dark red, then grew darker. Streetlights never turned off. The neighbor’s cat clung to my side, as unnerved as I was. It felt as if the veil of normality had been torn away — as if, that day, you were seeing the world as it actually is: This is what we have done to the planet. Climate change is no longer a future crisis. I’m breathing its smoke now, still, today. In 2016, I waded its sea rise, on Captiva Island in Florida. The recognition stops you, silences. And still, you have to find a

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Nobel-winner Louise Gluck, US poet of nature’s ‘austere beauty’

Nature’s simple beauty and a child’s experience of the world, coupled with the bold storylines of mythology, inform the work that won this year’s Nobel literature prize for Louise Gluck, a pre-eminent voice in modern American poetry with a career spanning more than five decades.

The Nobel Academy cited Gluck “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.”

Her seminal work “Averno”, published in 2006, is a masterful collection centring on the myth of Persephone, the goddess of the underworld abducted by Hades, the god of death.

The Pulitzer prize-winning poet, 77, joins three other women in a decidedly feminine year for the Academy, which is closing in on its 2009 record of five female honorees. 

Gluck is the 16th woman out of 177 Nobel literature laureates, which include two of her inspirations, William Butler Yeats (1923) and T.S. Eliot (1948).

Like theirs, the austerity

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The Poet Blouse Is the Spring 2021 Trend Worth Shopping Now

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Somewhere in between worrying about the pandemic and worrying about the presidential election, something fun flew right on by: Spring 2021 Fashion Month. Despite being full of safety precautions and relying heavily on virtual presentations, there were still plenty of gorgeous designs to “ooh” and “ahh” over, as well as a new batch of trends we can’t wait to follow.

If you’re still playing catch-up on all that went down, not to worry. InStyle spoke to Shopbop’s Fashion Director, Caroline Maguire, for a streamlined guide on what’s “in” and what’s “out” — and what’s worth shopping, ASAP.

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From puff-sleeves to prints to poet blouses, here’s what to keep an eye out for during your next joyful shopping spiral.

What are some dress trends you’ve noticed throughout Spring 2021 Fashion Month?

We’re noticing a ton of

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