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Philip Larkin

Then beginsA snivel on the violins:I think of your face among all those faces, Beautiful and devout beforeCascades of monumental slithering,One of your gloves unnoticed on the floorBeside those new, slightly-outmoded shoes.Here it goes quickly dark. I loseAll but the outline of the still and withering Leaves on half-emptied trees. BehindThe glowing wavebands, rabid storms… Continue reading Philip Larkin

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T.S. Eliot

We shall not cease from explorationAnd the end of all our exploringWill be to arrive where we startedAnd know the place for the first time.Through the unknown, remembered gateWhen the last of earth left to discoverIs that which was the beginning;At the source of the longest riverThe voice of the hidden waterfallAnd the children in… Continue reading T.S. Eliot

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Paul Guest

All day long I think of her, unable to say why, or, more truthfully, unable to admit that I have been smitten–in its truest sense, meaning smite, meaning I have been struck. I feel the force of it: in explicable, undeniable. I wander […] speaking to others, but I am thinking of her, saying her… Continue reading Paul Guest

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Franz Wright

Night Walk The all-night convenience store’s emptyand no one is behind the counter.You open and shut the glass door a few timescausing a bell to go off,but no one appears. You only cameto buy a pack of cigarettes, maybea copy of yesterday’s newspaper —finally you take one and leavethirty-five cents in its place.It is freezing,… Continue reading Franz Wright

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