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Charles Wright

The human body is not the world, and yet it is.
The world contains it, and is itself contained. Just so.
The distance between the two
Is like the distance between the no and the yes,
                                                                           abysmal distance,
Nothing and everything, Just so.

—Charles Wright, from “Body Language,” Appalachia (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1998)

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