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.

Of What Surrounds Me by Mary Oliver

Whatever it is I am saying, I always
Need a leaf or a flower, if not an
Entire field.  As for sky, I am wildly
In love with each day’s inventions, cool blue
Or cat gray or full
Of the ships of clouds, I simply can’t
Say whatever it is I am saying without
At least one skyful.  That leaves water, a
Creek or a well, river or ocean, it has to be
There.  For the heart to be there.  For the pen
To be poised.  For the idea to come.

~ from New and Selected Volume Two (Beacon Press, 2005)


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