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 Stargazer's Legacy by Vasko Popa

His words were left after him
More beautiful than the world
No one dares to look at them long

They wait around time's turnings
Greater than men
Who can pronounce them

They lie on the mute earth
Heavier than the bones of life
Death wasn't able
To carry off as dowry

No one can lift them
No one can drop them

The falling stars tuck their heads
In the shadows of his words

~ from Another Republic (Ecco Press, 1976)


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