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.

Ornithography by Billy Collins

                  The legendary Cang Jie was said to 
have invented writing after observing
the tracks of birds.
A light snow last night, and now the earth falls open to a fresh page. A high wind is breaking up the clouds. Children wait for the yellow bus in a huddle, and under the feeder, some birds are busy writing short stories, poems, and letters to their mothers. A crow is working on an editorial. That chickadee is etching a list, and a robin walks back and forth composing the opening to her autobiography. All so prolific this morning, these expressive little creatures, and each with an alphabet of only two letters. A far cry from me watching in silence behind a window wondering what just frightened them into flight — a dog's bark, a hawk overhead? or had they simply finished saying whatever it was they had to say? ~ from Ballistics (Random House, 2008)


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