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Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall. ― Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, from “Freedom,” (1908) Oeuvres complètes en seize volumes. (Flammarion November 19, 1992) Originally published April… Continue reading Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

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Philip Larkin

So many things I had thought forgotten Return to my mind with stranger pain: Like letters that arrive addressed to someone Who left the house so many years ago. — Philip Larkin, from “Why Did I Dream of You Last Night?,” Collected Poems. (Farrar Straus & Giroux 1988)

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Mark Z. Danielewski

You might try then, as I did, to find a sky so full of stars it will blind you again. Only no sky can blind you now. Even with all that iridescent magic up there, your eye will no longer linger on the light, it will no longer trace constellations. You’ll care only about the… Continue reading Mark Z. Danielewski

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Tony Hoagland

Without even knowing it, I have believed in you for a long time. When I looked at my blood under a microscope                 I could see truth multiplying over and over. —Not police sirens, nor history books, not stage-three lymphoma                                                                                      persuaded me but your honeycombs and beetles; the dry blond fascicles of grass                                                              … Continue reading Tony Hoagland

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Jean-Paul Sartre

And I-soft, weak, obscene, digesting, juggling with dismal thoughts-I too was In the way. Fortunately, I didn’t feel it, although I realized it, but I was uncomfortable because I was afraid of feeling it (even now I am afraid-afraid that it might catch me behind my head and lift me up like a wave). I… Continue reading Jean-Paul Sartre

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John Ashbery

Our star was brighter perhaps when it had water in it. Now there is no question even of that, but only Of holding on to the hard earth so as not to get thrown off, With an occasional dream, a vision: a robin flies across The upper corner of the window, you brush your hair… Continue reading John Ashbery

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Angela Carter

I am the lady of the castle. My name is exile. My name is anguish. My name is longing. Far from the world on the windy crests of the mountain, I am kept in absolute seclusion, my time passes in an endless reverie, a perpetual swooning. I am both the Sleeping Beauty and the enchanted… Continue reading Angela Carter

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