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.

Entering the Student’s Poem by Ruth Stone

The most beautiful videos 
come from reading poetry.
And they’re in your head.
How many times you speak 
to the woman wrapped in a black shawl;
how many times you go up to her 
where she sits on the bench
near the railroad, alone, waiting.
But she speaks no English 
and the tall girl you have become;
your straight blond hair in a Grecian bun,
your voice melodious, shaking,
because the language is so difficult,
because you are traveling alone;
all this comes to you
from three or four lines
written by a student
who always sits midway in the class;
smiling if you call on her,
the blood rushing to her forehead.

~ from In the Next Galaxy (Copper Canyon Press 2004)


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