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.

Evening and it is always like this by Agnes Walsh

Evening and it is always like this:  
half-answered prayers offered up again
in a new light, disappointment magnified 
through repetition.  There is a photo of you

outdoors looking skyward, jaw softened    
with shadow, silhouette of fir trees across
your chest, you in a window, you always
behind something, eyes cast up, that search.

I want to tell you it is not beyond,    
that thin plate of glass is bullshit armor.
I want to smash it because this love    
turned into a mission when I wasn’t looking.

I want destruction to make something good happen    
once and for all, to say look down, outward,

find me.

~ from Going Around with Bachelors (Brick Books, 2007)


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