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.

The Catch by Simon Armitage

Forget 
the long, smouldering 
afternoon. It is 

this moment 
when the ball scoots 
off the edge 

of the bat; upwards, 
backwards, falling 
seemingly 

beyond him 
yet he reaches 
and picks it 

out 
of its loop 
like 

an apple
from a branch, 
the first of the season. 

~from Heaven on Earth, edited by Wendy Cope (Faber and Faber, 2001)


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