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.

The Good Life by Jack Gilbert

When he wakes up, a weak sun is just rising
over the side of the valley.  It is eight
degrees below ero in the house.
He builds a fire and makes tea.  Puts out seeds  
for the birds and examines the tracks
in fresh snow, still trying to learn
what lives here.  He is writing a poem
when his friend calls.  She asks what
he plans to do today.  to write some
letters, he tells her (because he is falling
behind in his project of writing one
every day for a month).
She tells him how many letters famous poets 
write each day.  Says she doesn’t mean 
that as criticism.  After they hang up, 
he stands looking at the unanswered mail
heaped high on the table.  Gets back 
in bed and starts reworking his poem.

~ from Refusing Heaven (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009)


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