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Rainer Maria Rilke

For the Sake of a Single Poem Ah, poems amount to so little when you write them too early in your life. You ought to wait and gather sense and sweetness for a whole lifetime, and a long one if possible, and then, at the very end, you might perhaps be able to write ten… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke

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Anna Akhmatova

Faces appear, are washed away, Dear today and tomorrow far off. Why did I once turn down the corner of this page? Now the book always opens To the same place. And then it’s strange: It’s as if from the moment of farewell, The years have not passed beyond recall. — Anna Akhmatova, from “Imitation… Continue reading Anna Akhmatova

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Charles Bukowski

I felt like crying but nothing came out. it was just a sort of sad sickness, sick sad, when you can’t feel any worse. I think you know it. I think everybody knows it now and then. but I think I have known it pretty often, too often. — Charles Bukowski, Tales of Ordinary Madness.… Continue reading Charles Bukowski

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Françoise Delcarte

Here I desire nothing but summer and its respite. The leisure of warm weather, The day’s shoulder to lean on. To hold your hand once more, to come and wake the dawn. To erase all till nightfall, to cancel, disown myself. To be immersed in you, To vouch for your laughter. To let the seasons… Continue reading Françoise Delcarte

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