The unthought known's best-practice interventions


Jane Hirshfield, who is one of America's most accomplished poets, seems to know something about the Unthought Known. For example, in various places in her book of essays titled Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, she comments:

"Poems do not make appointments with their subject---they stalk them...And when at last the leap comes, it is most often...from the side, the rear, an overhead perch, from some word-blind woven of brush or shadow or fire...There is a shyness at the core of existence...There are things we can possess only by following them into the realm of disguise."

It seems to me that with this observation Ms. Hirschfield is suggesting two important possibilities to those of us who are interested in helping others truly step into their transformational journeys. First, we must understand that there are in every life some situations and circumstances which we will only be able to apprehend after we've followed "them into the realm of disguise." And second, that those situations and circumstances hidden in Jane's realms of disguise will only open themselves us once we're both willing and able to let them "leap" into our awareness  through the magic of a 'just right' poem discovered at 'just the right moment..  Just below you'll find good examples of poems that have often proved them selves to be perfect for an unexpected conversation.