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Carl Sandburg

Why did he write to her, “I can’t live without you”? And why did she write to him, “I can’t live without you”? For he went west, she went east, And they both lived. Carl Sandburg, “One Parting,” Honey and Salt. (Harvest Books; Edition Unstated edition April 12, 1967) Originally published 1963.

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Mary Oliver

Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? —Mary Oliver, from “The Summer Day,” House of Light. (Beacon Press; Later Printing edition April 8, 1992)

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Cecilia Vicuña

I’m not really here I’m only the shape of the emptiness that holds me — Cecilia Vicuña, from “Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center: Buffalo, NY, September 27, 1998,” Spit Temple. Translation by Rosa Alcalá. (Ugly Duckling Presse; 1ST edition November 1, 2012)

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