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.

Apple Song by Jan Zwicky

Red one, how strange
the leavings of desire:
the knife;
the satin ribbons of the skin;
the star chamber of the heart, its eight thoughts
brown as moles.
The small snout of your stem,
stiff with dreaming of that other world.

~ from Thirty-seven Small Songs & Thirteen Silences
(Gaspereau Press, 2005)


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