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.

Family Portrait by Nancy Morejón

Women standing
drawn in their dailiness
the steam from the iron
flowing towards the horizon
Women of the family
faces stiffened into an inherited
sweetness in the portrait
where the artist paces
painting the calm water of their eyes
eyes of the maiden
or the silent mother
blessed by the sound of white sheets
flapping in the emptiness of a sharp breeze.
Women fixed forever by a wise eye
as wise as their hands that invent a happiness
that life itself would deny them.

~ from Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas, Issue 81, 
  Vol. 43, No. 2, 2010, 183-185


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