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.

Dead Ends by Margaret Avison

The dead end that I dreaded
confronts me in this
true statement!

It’s apt, manageable, but 
valid only in its locked cabinet.
There’s no finality out here: a sphere 
too vast, too growthful, too
mischievous’ subject as well to swellings, violent
combustion, whizzings off
along the light-years.

There’s too much 
of us for us to know.
But closing heart, and ear 
is a terminus I 
fear, too.
	We slam 
into it, often, though knowing is a peril 
almost as terrible as 
never being sure
where
the dead end will
appear.

~ from Concrete and Wild Carrot (Brick Books, 2005)


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