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.

Late October Camping in The Sawtooths by Gary Snyder

Sunlight climbs the snowpeak
     glowing pale red
Cold sinks into the gorge
     shadows merge.
Building a fire of pine twigs
     at the foot of a cliff,
Drinking hot tea from a tin cup 
     in the chill air--
Pull on a sweater and roll a smoke.
     a leaf
     beyond fire
Sparkles with nightfall frost.

~ from A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology 
of Poetry. Edited by Czelaw Milosz, (Harcourt Brace & Co, 1996)


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