Poet Jane Hirshfield said "... the feeling I have about poem-writing (is) that it is always an exploration, of discovering something I didn't already know.  Who I am shifts from moment to moment, year to year.  What I can perceive does as well.  A new poem peers into mystery, into whatever lies just beyond the edge of knowable ground."

I bring a different poem to the writing classes each week, not only to inspire but to introduce new poets to the group members.

Buyer's Remorse by Charles Harper Webb

No sooner do the ruck of us declare
"I do", than we don't anymore. Go out
for football, and we who never dared
to stand up on a pair of ice skates, pout
that we can't play pro hockey too. The ink's
still wet on our tickets to France, and we
wish we'd picked Japan or, come to think
of it, Kauai, New Zealand, or Tahiti.
Open any one door and we're deafened
by the roar-- loud as the sea swallowing Atlantis--
as other doors slam shut, and their wind
knocks us down. The sepent didn't hiss
to Adam and Eve, "hide your nakedness!"
He wore his best suit, and whispered, "Look at this."

~ from Reading the Water (Northeastern University, 1997)


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