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.

Learning Persian by Reza Shirazi

A hibernating language
lying in the dark corners of my mind,
awakens slowly after a ten year sleep

bones creaking.
it crawls forward,
searching for the lost pieces of clothing
in forgotten nooks and crannies.

Ragged and unkempt,
it finally tries to rise.
It ventures out
on a wave of words.

The world lies before it
waiting to be sung.

~ from What Have You Lost?  Edited by Naomi Shihab Nye
(A Greenwillow Book, HarperCollins, 1999)

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