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.

why shouldn’t men look at women by Grace Paley

why shouldn’t men look at women
and women look at men
and women look at women
and men look at men
why shouldn’t they
size each other up (as
we used to say)

why isn’t there more
of that looking    that
casual catching of
breath in plain
appreciation or rejection   why
isn’t there more of it   what
old people sometimes ex-
perienced    as shock and a
dangerous heartbeat which
sometimes erupted into
love at first sight (as
it is called to this day)
and as old people we must
warn    it may once in a startling
while last forever (as it
is called)

~ from Fidelity (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008)


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