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.

Burning the Journals by Robyn Sarah

The past is useless 
to me now: 
an old suitcase
with mould in the lining,
heavy even when empty—  

heavy empty, 
like the bronze bell
of the Russian church,
clapperless
in the grass;

so I shall have to go
on from here with less
to bank on.  My peeled eye.
The way things
sing in the sun

~ from The Touchstone, Poems New & Selected (Anansi, 1992)


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