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.

If I Gave Up by Kelly-Anne Riess

I would have followed you to
Edmonton found
a job waitressing   babysitting
even though I have three degrees
a temporary fix
while you finished school
near mountains where you climb
I wish I’d known you 
when you didn’t know what you wanted
then maybe you would’ve followed me to the Peg
I could never live in Manitoba  you said
would feel bad if I gave up anything for you
so you ended it
even so   you couldn’t stay away
visited me every summer
until she moved in
after graduation you went up north
how’s that better than Winnipeg
you work 20 days on
fly down to her on days off
it could be me

from To End a Conversation (Thistledown Press Ltd., 2008)


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