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.

Theories of Personal Identity by Jan Zwicky

The photograph;
the past life;
the long lost
black sheep who’s become
the shoe that fits.
The ghost town,
a.k.a. the rummage bin,
that old sweet song.
The suitcase; the hotel 
room; the surprise 
box lunch; the plain 
brown wrapper. The umbrella 
someone opened in the house.  
The alphabet, or perhaps 
I mean a river, or a well.  
The skeleton in the closet.
The writing on the wall.
The telltale heart.

~ from Robinson’s Crossing (Brick Books, 2004)

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