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.

Decisions by Boris A. Novak

Between two words 
choose the quieter one.

Between word and silence 
choose listening.

Between two books 
choose the dustier one.

Between the earth and the sky 
choose a bird.

Between two animals 
choose the one who needs you more.

Between two children 
choose both. 

Between the lesser and the bigger evil 
choose neither.

Between hope and despair 
choose hope: 
it will be harder to bear.

~ ‎ The Master of Insomnia: Selected Poems  (Dalkey Archive Press; 
1st edition 2012)(translated from Slovene by Mia Dintinjana)


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