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.

Words, Wide Night by Carol Ann Duffy

Somewhere on the other side of this wide night 
and the distance between us, I am thinking of you. 
The room is turning slowly away from the moon. 

This is pleasurable. Or shall I cross that out and say 
it is sad? In one of the tenses I singing 
an impossible song of desire that you cannot hear. 

La lala la. See? I close my eyes and imagine the dark hills I 
would have to cross to reach you. For I am in love with you and this is what it is like or what it is like in words. ~ from The Other Country (Anvil Press, 1990)


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