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Julio Cortáza

You look at me, you look at me closely, each time closer and then we play cyclops, we look at each other closer each time and our eyes grow, they grow closer, they overlap and the cyclops look at each other, breathing confusion, their mouths find each other and fight warmly, biting with their lips,… Continue reading Julio Cortáza

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Osip Mandelstam

Perhaps the whisper was born before lips, And the leaves in treelessness circled and flew, And those, to whom we impart our experience as bliss, Acquire their forms before we do. — Osip Mandelstam, from “Octaves”, inTranslation: Poetry | Russia | Russian March, 2011. “‘Octaves’ and Other Poems by Osip Mandelstam.” Translated from the Russian… Continue reading Osip Mandelstam

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Sylvia Plath

[…] and tentatively, unbelievingly, unfolding into another spring, when the damn world makes us think we are as young as we ever were and deceives us by pale lucid skies and the sudden opening of little leaves. — Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath. (Anchor; Unabridged edition December 18, 2007)

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Emily Dickinson

There has been frost enough. We must have summer now, and ‘whole legions’ of daisies.— Emily Dickinson, The Life and Letters of Emily Dickinson. (Biblo-Tannen; illustrated edition edition June 1971) in a letter to Dr. and Mrs. J. G. Holland, 24 September 1859.

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