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.

The Stranger by Ulrikka Gernes

who is alone, but not lonely
who is complete, but not whole

who carries weight
who finds way

who walks through darkness without fear
who walks still faceless through the dark

who knows who you are, without knowing your name
who stretches out a hand and the hand is open

who lifts a lamp 
to see himself in you

~ from A Sudden Sky (Brick Books, 2006) translated from Danish
and edited by Patrick Friesen and Per Brask

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