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.

Ordinary Days by Stephen Dunn

The storm is over; too bad, I say.
 At least storms are clear
about their dangerous intent.

Ordinary days are what I fear,
 the sneaky speed
with which noon arrives, the sun

shining while a government darkens a decade, or a man falls out of love. I fear the solace of repetition, a withheld slap in the face. Someone is singing in Portugal. Here the mockingbird is a crow and a grackle, then a cat. So many things happening at once. If I decide to turn over my desk, go privately wild, trash the house, no one across town will know. I must insist how disturbing this is-- the necessity of going public, of being a fool.

~ from New and Selected Poems 1974-1994
(W.W. Norton and Company, 1995)

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