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.

Oda al Doble Otono (an excerpt) by Pablo Neruda

Always occult were
the
works
of autumn
on the earth;
immobile
roots, seeds
submerged
in time
and above
only
a corolla of cold,
a vague
odor of leaves
dissolving
in
gold:
nothing.
An ax
in the woods
splits
a trunk of crystals,
afterwards
falls
the twilight
and the earth
puts to its face
a mask
of blackness.

~ from Selected Poems: Pablo Neruda (Grove/Atlantic, 1994)


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