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Mary Oliver

The poet must not only write the poem but must scrutinize the world intensely, or anyway that part of the world he or she has taken for subject. If the poem is thin, it is likely so not because the poet does not know enough words, but because he or she has not stood long… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Linda Pastan

Dear lost sharer of silences, I would send a letter the way the tree sends messages in leaves, or the sky in exclamations of pure cloud. Therefore I write in this blue ink, color of secret veins and arteries. It is morning here — Linda Pastan, from “Eyes Only,” Waiting for My Life. (W W… Continue reading Linda Pastan

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