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.

Mountains by Naomi Shihab Nye

Jesse never felt smarter than at age six	
the only first grader in a fifth-grade poetry workshop—
when they wrote about their neighborhood
his poem by far the best in the room
and he the first volunteer to stand and read it.
The big kids clapped for him and cheered.
He remembered this at twenty-one	
when we crossed paths on Commerce Street.
Hey, hey!  Could I ever feel like that again?
It was my Best Day!
Now working two jobs	two kids to support
	     Yes I think so
	Do you read to your kids?
	Do you have a library card?
	     Do you use it?
No	No	No
Start there, Jesse!  You knew the truth	
when you were six	that your street was magical
and full of mountains
though it was utterly flat.
You wrote about the rooster’s songs
	and the dog’s barkingful wonder.
You wrote Who do you think I am   am   am?
And knew instinctively it was more powerful to say “am”
three times than one—
You are still that person. 

~ from Voices in the Air (Greenwillow Books, 2018)

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