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.

Usually I Forget These Dreams by Catherine Graham

I’m back at the quarry again.
It cliffs to a waterfall 
and you dive down to where the dark
angles in.  Now I can’t find you.

The soap opera woman rows towards me 
in her one-woman boat.
There, beneath the dock, 
your red swimsuit, floating.

But you’re safe.  You surface.
A fountain erupts from your mouth.
You gulp the quarrelling air, 
and your scales twitch back to skin.

~ from Winterkill (Insomniac Press, 2010)


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