American Culture · American Literature · Contemporary · Excerpt · Fragment · Poetry

Andrew Zawacki

dragline & loess, what phosphor -us is a semaphore for, silklike                       in its acoustic shadows                             louver away, or stay when I move: figures astray from the mercury — Andrew Zawacki, from “[Grayscale breath on a fluid…],” Video Tape. (Counterpath Press March 8, 2013)

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Canadian Culture · Canadian Literature · Excerpt · Fantasy · Paraphrase · Quote · Young Adult

Rachel Hartman

I became the very air; I was full of stars. I was the soaring spaces between the spires of the cathedral, the solemn breath of chimneys, a whispered prayer upon the winter wind. I was silence,and I was music, one clear transcendent chord rising toward Heaven. I believed, then, that I would have risen bodily… Continue reading Rachel Hartman

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Excerpt · Greek Culture · Greek Literature · Inspirational · Paraphrase · Philosophy · Quote · Religion · Theology

Nikos Kazantzakis

I say one thing, you write another, and those who read you understand still something else! I say: cross, death, kingdom of heaven, God…and what do you understand? Each of you attaches his own suffering, interests and desires to each of these sacred words, and my words disappear, my soul is lost. I can’t stand… Continue reading Nikos Kazantzakis

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African-American Culture · African-American Literature · Collection · Contemporary · Excerpt · Fragment · Poetry · Southern Literature

Yusef Komunyakaa

I never said there’s a book inside every tree. I never said I know how the legless beggar feels when the memory of his toes itch. If I did, drunkenness was then my god & naked dancer. I take it back. I’m not a suicidal mooncalf; you don’t have to take my shoelaces. — Yusef… Continue reading Yusef Komunyakaa

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