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Yusef Komunyakaa

Safe Subjects How can love heal the mouth shut this way? Say something worth breath. Let is surface, recapitulate how fat leeches press down gently on the sex goddesses eyelids. Let truth have its way with us like a fishhook holds to life, holds dearly to nothing worth say -pull it out, bringing with it… Continue reading Yusef Komunyakaa

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Willa Cather

I was something that lay under the sun and felt it, like the pumpkins, and I did not want to be anything more. I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge. At any rate, that… Continue reading Willa Cather

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Walt Whitman

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. — Walt Whitman, from “Song of Myself,” Leaves of Grass. Originally published: July 4, 1855.

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