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 In-Between by Kate Bowler

(that weird middle space that stresses us out)

blessed are we, somewhere unnameable, fully present to our reality. 

tracking it, with all its subtle gradations and colors and 
contrasts, the sweetness and the struggle, the stuck and
not-quite-fitting. authentic to it, mapping the full strangeness of the new emergent
landscape. blessed are we, dear ones, not calling it too soon. not settling for the neat and buttoned-up, the too-tied-up, the
not-quite-true. bless all of it, the way we might widen our gaze to encompass it
and embrace it. and bless you, moving into the unknown, waiting, daring to hope. ~ from Good Enough (Convergent Books 2022)


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