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Entering the Mind of Poetry

  
    
“Every good poem begins in language awake to its own connections – language that hears itself and what is around it, sees itself and what is around it, looks back at those who look into its gaze and knows more perhaps even than we do about who and what we are.  It begins, that is, in the body and mind of concentration.”
   
– Jane Hirshfield, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (HarperPerennial, 1998)