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.

Living Things by Anne Porter

Our poems 
 
Are like the wart-hogs

In the zoo

It's hard to say

Why there should be such creatures



But once our life gets into them

As sometimes happens

Our poems

Turn into living things

And there's no arguing

With living things

They are

The way they are



Our poems

May be rough

Or delicate

Little

Or great
 


But always

They have inside them

A confluence of cries

And secret languages 



And always 

They are improvident

And free

They keep

A kind of Sabbath

They play
On sooty fire escapes
And window ledges

They wander in and out
Of jails and gardens
They sparkle In the deep mines
They sing In breaking waves
And rock like wooden cradles.

~ from Living Things: Collected Poems (Steerforth Press, 2006)


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