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.

Reserved for Poets by Naomi Shihab Nye

(signs on first rows of chairs at poetry festival, La Conner, Washington)

Sunsets. Trouble. Full moons. No really—they’re everybody’s. Nothing is reserved. We’re all poets rippling with layers of memories, mostly what we might forget. Let it belong. Every pocket, satchel, hand. We forgot to make a reservation. But there’s room. ~ from Voices in the Air (Greenwillow Books, 2018)

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