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Mary Oliver

The Black Snake When the black snake flashed onto the morning road, and the truck could not swerve– death, that is how it happens.   Now he lies looped and useless as an old bicycle tire. I stop the car and carry him into the bushes.   He is as cool and gleaming as a… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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St. Augustine

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering. —  St. Augustine, Confessions (c. 397) Oxford University Press; Reprint… Continue reading St. Augustine

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Carl Adamshick

That is why I fear the uses of language and love that comes and undresses itself like an autumn tree. I see her suffering because she trusted. I see her staring at her arms, astonished at how loss can have the same weight as an infant. —Carl Adamshick, from “Fluency,” Curses and Wishes: Poems (Louisiana… Continue reading Carl Adamshick

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Ruth Stone

I read that the left side reveals the true self. My true self has been stitched to another face. Not even my words fit. I listen to what the mouth is saying, but I write in a small notebook— where is the body of this person? Ruth Stone, from “That’s Not Me,” What Love Comes… Continue reading Ruth Stone

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