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Mary Oliver

Peonies This morning the green fists of the peonies are getting ready    to break my heart       as the sun rises,          as the sun strokes them with his old, buttery fingers and they open —    pools of lace,       white and pink —          and all day the black ants climb over… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Joss Whedon

Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping… waiting… and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir… open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us… guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love… the clarity of… Continue reading Joss Whedon

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Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

To him she seemed so beautiful, so seductive, so different from ordinary people, that he could not understand why no one was as disturbed as he by the clicking of her heels on the paving stones, why no one else’s heart was wild with the breeze stirred by the sighs of her veils, why everyone… Continue reading Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

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Anne Sexton

Love? Be it man. Be it woman. It must be a wave you want to glide in on, give your body to it, give your laugh to it, give, when the gravelly sand takes you, your tears to the land. To love another is something like prayer and can’t be planned, you just fall into… Continue reading Anne Sexton

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Octavio Paz

We are time and cannot escape its dominion. We can transfigure it but not deny it or destroy it. This is what the great artists, poets, philosophers, scientists, and certain men of action have done. Love, too, is an answer: because it is time and made of time, love is at once consciousness of death… Continue reading Octavio Paz

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Austin Clarke

Sleepy moths fluttered In her dark eyes, And her lips grew quieter Than lullabies. Swaying with the reedgrass Over the stream Lazily she lingered Cradling a dream. —Austin Clarke, from “The Awakening of Dermuid,” Austin Clarke (From “The Vengeance of Finn.”) Anthology of Irish Verse. Edited with an introductionby Padraic Colum. (New York: Boni and… Continue reading Austin Clarke

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