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Donald Justice

This poem is not addressed to you. You may come into it briefly, But no one will find you here, no one. You will have changed before the poem will. Even while you sit there, unmovable, You have begun to vanish. And it does not matter. The poem will go on without you. It has… Continue reading Donald Justice

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American Culture · American Literature · Americana · Autobiographical · Excerpt · Memoir · Paraphrase · Quote · Southern Gothic

Truman Capote

My, how foolish I am! You know what I’ve always thought? I’ve always thought a body would have to be sick and dying before they saw the Lord. And I imagined that when He came it would be like looking at the Baptist window: pretty as colored glass with the sun pouring through, such a… Continue reading Truman Capote

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Brazilian Culture · Excerpt · Paraphrase · Portuguese Literature · Quote

Paulo Coelho

After all, what is happiness? Love, they tell me. But love doesn’t bring and never has brought happiness. On the contrary, it’s a constant state of anxiety, a battlefield; it’s sleepless nights, asking ourselves all the time if we’re doing the right thing. Real love is composed of ecstasy and agony. ― Paulo Coelho, The… Continue reading Paulo Coelho

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American Culture · American Literature · Classic · Collection · Contemporary · Poetry · Romanticism

Billy Collins

Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes First, her tippet made of tulle, easily lifted off her shoulders and laid on the back of a wooden chair. And her bonnet, the bow undone with a light forward pull. Then the long white dress, a more complicated matter with mother-of-pearl buttons down the back, so tiny and numerous… Continue reading Billy Collins

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