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.

Oceans by Juan Ramon Jimenez

I have a feeling that my boat
has struck, down there in the depths,
against a great thing.
                    	And nothing
happens! Nothing... Silence... Waves...

    –Nothing happens?  Or has everything happened,
and are we standing now, quietly, in the new life?


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


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