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.

From "O, Thou Opening, O" by Theodore Roethke

Stand by a slow stream: 
Hear the sigh of what is. 
Be a pleased rock 
On a plain day. 

~ from The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke (Doubleday 1966)


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