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.

A Farewell Poem by Dam Khi, 1020-1088

Our Buddha nature not easily grasped.
Only a clear mind will capture it.            
Bright as a jewel fired in volcanic heat;
A lotus plucked from a kiln, its hue, lush and fresh.                        

~ translated from the Vietnamese by Kevin Bowen and 
Nguyen Ba Chung, 2007


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