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.

I Am Not I by Juan Ramon Jimenez

I am not I
	I am this one
walking beside me whom I do not see, 
whom at times I manage to visit, 
and whom at other times I forget; 
the one who remains silent while I talk, 
the one who forgives, sweet, while I hate, 
the one who takes a walk while I am indoors, 
the one who will remain standing when I die.

~ from The Winged Energy of Delight, Selected Translations, 
edited by Robert Bly, (Perennial, HarperCollins, 2005)


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