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Oscar Wilde

 Salomé, Salomé, dance for me. I pray thee dance for me. I am sad to-night. Yes, I am passing sad to-night. When I came hither I slipped in blood, which is an evil omen; and I heard, I am sure I heard in the air a beating of wings, a beating of giant wings. I… Continue reading Oscar Wilde

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D. H. Lawrence

Letter from Town: The Almond Tree You promised to send me some violets. Did you forget?      White ones and blue ones from under the orchard hedge?      Sweet dark purple, and white ones mixed for a pledge    Of our early love that hardly has opened yet.        Here there’s… Continue reading D. H. Lawrence

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Jonathan Safran Foer

This is a kiss. It is what happens when lips are puckered and pressed against something, sometimes other lips, sometimes a cheek, sometimes something else. It depends…This is my heart. You are touching it with your left hand, not because you are left-handed, although you might be, but because I am holding it against my… Continue reading Jonathan Safran Foer

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Pablo Neruda

I am hungry for your silken laughter, For your hands the color of savage harvest, Hungry for the pail stones of your fingernails. I want to eat your skin like a whole almond. —  Pablo Neruda, from “Love Sonnet XI,” The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems. (City Lights Publishers; Bilingual edition April 1, 2004)

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