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.

Loss by Michael Lithgow

Speak slowly at first so the words can find 
their moments of disbelief.  Every syllable 
is a kind of hunger with tendrils reaching
from the messy mathematical soil of your memory
to your need.  Be prepared to flinch,

let some of the words crack the glass face 
of the present.  The tendrils also touch
the future.  Sometimes a beautiful sound.  One of sorrow’s chimes.

~ from Undercurrents, New Voices in Canadian Poetry
edited by Robyn Sarah (Cormorant Books, 2011)


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