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 blessing for the new year by Nadia Bolz-Weber

As you enter this new year, as you pack away the Christmas 
decorations and get out your stretchy pants as you face the onslaught of false promises offered you through
new disciplines and elimination diets as you grasp for control of yourself and your life and this chaotic
world May you remember that there is no resolution that, if kept, will
make you more worthy of love. There is no resolution that, if kept, will make life less uncertain
and allow you to control a pandemic and your children and
the way other people act. So this year, May you just skip the part where you resolve to be better do better
and look better this time. May you give yourself the gift of really, really low expectations. May you expect so little of yourself that you can be super proud of
the smallest of accomplishments. May you expect so little of the people in your life that you
actually notice and cherish every small lovely thing about them. May you expect so little of the supply chain and the service
industry that you notice more of what you do get and less of
what you don't and then just tip really well anyhow. May you expect to get so little out of 2022 that you can celebrate
every single thing it offers you, however small. Because you deserve joy and not disappointment So, I wish you a Happy as possible New Year. ~ from The Corners by Nadia Bolz-Weber, a reader-supported
publication, Dec 30, 2021 https://thecorners.substack.com/p/a-voice-memo-blessing-for-

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