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.

Things in the Shape of Other Things by Mary Ellen Miller

Heart-shaped rugs
Bookend hands
Santa Claus banks
Elephant mugs.

I don’t like that.

This thing in me
Sharped like a cat
Poised for attack
Hissing, back
Arched, tail

I don’t like that.

~from The Poet’s Wife Speaks (Old Seventy Creek Press, 2011)

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