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.

Stardust by Kay Ryan

Stardust is 
the hardest thing
to hold out for.
You must 
make of yourself
a perfect plane—
something still 
upon which
something settles—
something like
sugar grains on 
something like
metal, but with
none of the chill.
It’s hard to explain. 

~ from The Niagara River  (Grove/Atlantic, Inc. 2005)


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