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.

Second Marriage, or Lemon Chicken by Laura Foley

It begins at the Chinese place
on Spring Street,
our first date.
Though the dish looks good,
I cannot eat.
He scrapes my leftovers
to the sidewalk
for his patient old Lab,
waiting by the restaurant door.
I have that queasy, excited feeling,
when you know something
is about to happen.
~ from Night Ringing (Headmistress Press, 2016)

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