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.

Vigil by Phillis Levin

Why not wake at dawn? Why not break
From the coffin of night, whose nails
Are the only stars left.  Why not follow
A tear like a comet's tail, and trail
The grief of a year until it ends--
Who knows where.  Why not wake
At dawn, after all is gone, and go on?

~ from The Art of Losing (Bloomsbury USA, 2010)

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