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Sharon Dolin is the author of several poetry collections, including Manual for Living (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016); Whirlwind (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012); Burn and Dodge (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), which was selected by Bob Hicok for the 2007 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry; and Heart Work (Sheep Meadow Press, 1995).

Of her work, Jane Hirshfield writes, “Far-traveling in both interior and outer realms, Sharon Dolin’s poetry ranges from the exploration of love, loss, and mourning to the unexpected kinships of New York daily life, to the spiritual celebration of new motherhood.”

Dolin is the recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress and a grant from the PEN/Heim Translation Fund. She currently teaches workshops at Poets House and in the Writing About Art in Barcelona workshops. She lives in New York City.


Bibliography

Manual for Living (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016)
Whirlwind (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012)
Burn and Dodge (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008)
Realm of the Possible (Four Way Books, 2004)
Serious Pink (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003)
Heart Work (Sheep Meadow Press, 1995)

Know how to forget

                after Baltasar Gracián

To let your sorrows wear you
             like a hair shirt       shake
off       each foulard around your

neck       unwind and fling
            as from a moving car.
Be no Isadora strangled by her

flare. Be bare-necked and do not
             forget to forget.
Though every silver lining has

a cloud       live within the glint of white 
            fire       the swing set in the sunset
the dimple in each smile        embraces

by the silver lake      ocean
            hush of oh so much
so lush.

Copyright © 2017 Sharon Dolin. Used with permission of the author. This poem originally appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Fall 2017.

Copyright © 2017 Sharon Dolin. Used with permission of the author. This poem originally appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Fall 2017.

Sharon Dolin

Sharon Dolin

Sharon Dolin is the author of Manual for Living (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016). 

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                          after Epictetus
                      

To gaze upon the fatal
without commiserating gloom:
 
what every friend should be—
not one who rends her coat of doom
 
nor one who lets her ankle rankle
nor her dogged love to the
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I want to paint the livingness of appearances.
            —Marsden Hartley

What of these evening storms
where foam becomes rock—wave
becomes cove. Inside the billow as
you always dreamed it would be
two men collapse into being.
Like so, the rocks give up their

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