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.

Writing Lessons by Nikki Giovanni

There are...still...so many books I want to read...and reread...

There are...still...so many places I want to travel...to...

There are...still...foods I want to eat... and drinks I want to
sample... There are... blankets to lie upon or under... There are...pillows upon which to prop my books or my head... I definitely want to rocket to outer space... I also want to explore
inner space... I know no one ever wished they had been meaner... Or hated more... Or spent more hours away from people they loved... I know that life is interesting and you can never go wrong Being
interested If I were giving advice I would say: Sing People who sing to themselves People who make variations on songs they know People who teach songs to other people These are the people other people want to be with and that will let you be a good writer Because There are...still...so many ideas to conceive ~ from Blues For All The Changes (William Morrow and Company, 1999)

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