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Nick Lantz

Ancient Theories A horse hair falls into the water and grows into an eel.      Even Aristotle believed that frogs                                 formed from mud, that mice sprouted like seedlings in the damp hay.      I used to believe the world spoke                            in code. I lay awake and tried to parse the flashes of the… Continue reading Nick Lantz

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Jean-Luc Nancy

A heart that only half beats is only half my heart. I was already no longer inside me. I’m already coming from somewhere else, or I’m not coming any longer at all. Something strange is disclosed “at the heart” of the most familiar – but “familiar” hardly says it: at the heart of something that… Continue reading Jean-Luc Nancy

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Classic · Contemporary · Excerpt · Fragment · French Culture · French Literature · Online Magazine · Periodical · Poetry · Romanian Culture · Surrealism · Symbolism

Paul Celan

There will be something, later, that brims full with you and lifts up toward a mouth Out of a shardstrewn craze I stand up and look upon my hand, how it draws the one and only circle.” —  Paul Celan, “Es wird etwas sein,” or “The One and Only Circle.” Trans. John Felstiner. American Poetry… Continue reading Paul Celan

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American Culture · American Literature · Classic · Coming of Age · Contemporary · Excerpt · Paraphrase · Quote · Realism · Romance · Tragedy · Young Adult

John Green

That’s what I believe. I believe the universe wants to be noticed. I think the universe is improbably biased toward consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed. And who am I, living in the middle of history, to tell the universe that it – or my observation… Continue reading John Green

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