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Leonard Cohen

You Have the Lovers You have the lovers, they are nameless, their histories only for each other, and you have the room, the bed, and the windows. Pretend it is a ritual. Unfurl the bed, bury the lovers, blacken the windows, let them live in that house for a generation or two. No one dares… Continue reading Leonard Cohen

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Jeremy Radin

[…] I found the rooms between the violence of comets. I threw myself into anything’s path. Even the sky bent around me. How lonely to be something that nothing wants to kill. —  Jeremy Radin, from “So I Locked Myself Inside a Star for Twenty Years.” Columbia Journal: Poetry. Columbia University School of the Arts.… Continue reading Jeremy Radin

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Roland Barthes

…Isn’t desire always the same, whether the object is present or absent? Isn’t the object always absent? —This isn’t the same languor: there are two words: Pothos, desire for the absent being, and Himéros, the more burning desire for the present being. —  Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments. (Hill and Wang; Tra edition October… Continue reading Roland Barthes

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

I looked in my heart while the wild swans went over. And what did I see I had not seen before? Only a question less or a question more: Nothing to match the flight of wild birds flying. Tiresome heart, forever living and dying, House without air, I leave you and lock your door. Wild… Continue reading Edna St. Vincent Millay

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