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January 1 | John Fox

A photo of white painted wood that fades to brown at the bottom with a poem by John Fox titled "January 1" that reads: New Year approaches/as a first and singular/day, whose morning-time/begins, like fresh linen smoothed/flat by the weathered hands/of this one life, laid down clean/upon a rough-hewn table/whose mottled grain and dark knots/of history and story/make a place for presence/and possibility to sit down/together, to savor, to talk.

If a line or phrase resonates with you, we invite you to use it as a starting point to create your own poem.

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This poem was included in IPM's January 2023 Newsletter.

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John Fox is a poet and author of Finding What You Didn't Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity through Poem-Making and Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making (1997). His work was featured in the PBS documentary film, Healing Words: Poetry & Medicine (2008).

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