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.

Three Line Bio by Katie Hae Leo

The beautiful boy with rain in his voice	
could do it.  Put it all into three lines.		
Then he would sing it, and pieces	
of mystery would suddenly shift,
reveal themselves over guitar strings.
So, too, should the poet be able.  Call		
up Orpheus, make him do his little jig
for you.  Three lines to sum up your life.
Your whole world through your back		
window.  Grind of the 11 Bus going by.
That hour in the morning when the left	
foot of a dream steps into your daylight.
But what they really want is Korea, what	
it means to you.  
Easier to describe wind	
down a hallway.  How it marries the dark
smell of nighttime, the yellow purr of your 
desk lamp.  There.  There is place in that
and meaning.  Those words alone must do.

~ from The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home 
(Holy Cow Press, 2013)


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