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.

Words That Make My Stomach Plummet by Mira McEwan

Committee Meeting.       Burden of Proof.
              The Simple Truth.      Trying To Be Nice.
 Honestly.   I Could Have Died.      I Almost Cried.
          It's Only a Cold Sore.
    It's My Night.     Trust Me.    Dead Serious.
 I Have Everything All Under Control.
             I'm Famous For My Honesty.
       I'm Simply Beside Myself.      We're On The Same Page. 
            Let's Not Reinvent The Wheel.
 For The Time Being.   There Is That.
                  I'm Not Just Saying That.
    I Just Couldn't Help Myself.          I Mean It.

~ from Ecstatic (Allbook Books, 2007)

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