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.

Sum by Kay Weber

Sometimes a life     
is more than the sum of its
cuts and bruises, more 
than the sum of its success.
What is a soul’s net worth?

Some days you turn a corner   
and before you a scrap of field
unfolds in a green you had forgotten,   

you turn a corner and
a streetscape surprises—
the slope of a red roof over a small window,
the blue painted door,
the black iron knocker.

Every now and again    
you travel without intention
and the stranger face suddenly appears
human as your own.

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

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