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.

Untitled by James Baldwin

Lord,
    when you send the rain,
    think about it, please,
    a little?
Do
    not get carried away
    by the sound of falling water,
    the marvelous light
    on the falling water.
I
    am beneath that water.
    It falls with great force
    and the light
Blinds
    me to the light.

~ from Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems (Beacon Press, 2014)


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