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.

Words by Shinkichi Takahashi

I don’t take your words
Merely as words.
Far from it.

I listen 
To what makes you talk—
Whatever that is—
And me listen



~ from Zen Poetry: Let the Spring Breeze Enter,
edited and translated by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto (Grove Press, 1995)


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