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.

We Manage Most When We Manage Small by Linda Gregg

What things are steadfast? Not the birds. 
Not the bride and groom who hurry 
in their brevity to reach one another. 
The stars do not blow away as we do. 
The heavenly things ignite and freeze. 
But not as my hair falls before you. 
Fragile and momentary, we continue. 
Fearing madness in all things huge 
and their requiring. Managing as thin light 
on water. Managing only greetings 
and farewells. We love a little, as the mice 
huddle, as the goat leans against my hand. 
As the lovers quickening, riding time. 
Making safety in the moment. This touching 
home goes far. This fishing in the air.

~ from All of It Singing, New and Selected Poems
(Greywolf Press, 2008)

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