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.

Absolutely Clear by Hafiz

Don’t surrender your loneliness 
So quickly. Let it cut more deep.

Let it ferment and season you As few human
Or even divine ingredients can.
Something missing in my heart tonight Has made my eyes so soft My voice
So tender

My need of God Absolutely
Clear. ~ from The Subject Tonight is Love, translated by Daniel Ladinsky (Pumpkin House Press, 1996)


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