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.

Omens by Louise Gl├╝ck

I rode to meet you: dreams
like living beings swarmed around me
and the moon on my right side
followed me, burning.

I rode back: everything changed. My soul in love was sad and the moon on my left side trailed me without hope.
To such endless impressions we poets give ourselves absolutely making, in silence, omen of mere event until the world reflects the deepest needs of the soul. -after Alexander Pushkin ~ from Averno (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006)


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