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.

Metamorphoses by Ulrikka S. Gernes

The sun dies
like a swan of light
Birds extinguish their lightning
through the air
towards evening
Flowers fall asleep
softly leaning against the dark
Windows stare
into nothing

Half thinking
I lift my hand now and again
and caress
night's dense plumage
In the arms of sleep
fishes begin to speak
about the brevity of all things
and dreams kiss each other
in the land behind all borders

~ from A Sudden Sky, translated and edited by
Patrick Friesen and Per Brask (Brick Books, 2001)

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