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.

Here's To It by James Broughton

   (A Metaphysical Drinking Song)

Here’s to that thing
we won’t admit!
Here’s to the omnipresent
It!
Here’s to the IT
in which we sit
and stand and walk
and laugh and spit.
It’s in every act
that we commit.
It’s our inescapable
requisite.

Here’s to the It,
our benefit
that makes the world
immediate.
It is the cloth
most finely knit.
It’s all of a piece
but composite.
It is the suit
with the perfect fit.
It always includes
its opposite.

It’s not the device
of a Jesuit.
It’s much older than
Holy Writ.

It’s no a mechanical
counterfeit.
It’s a metaphysical
hunting kit.
It’s infinitely definite
and definitely infinite.

And It’s always here
so Here’s to It!
And all It says is
Submit
to it!
(1968)

~ from Packing Up For Paradise, Selected Poems 1946-1996
(Black Sparrow Press, 1997)


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