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.

From 30,000 Feet by Ruth Schwartz

All around me, toppled strangers 
sleep like children; undefended fortresses,

open mouths.  There are mountains traveling
beneath us, massive folds of bodies

robed by snow.  I could count a thousand trees, 
delicate fringe round the mouths

of lakes; from here it is suddenly clear
how many roads there are,

how they lead everywhere; the slopes appear supple,
endearing; the cities too, elaborate and harmless,

the cars industrious as ants,
the red roofs of the tiny houses,

turquoise swimming pools like stones
set into the jewelry of the world.

I can’t see pain from here; I can’t see you, my far 
darling of darlings—not your need of me, 
not your need to be free of me.  From here,
I think, I can love you like water,

beautiful and speechless in its tides.

~ from Edgewater (Perennial, 2002)


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