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Mary Oliver

If you are in the garden, I will dress myself in leaves. If you are in the sea I will slide into that smooth blue nest, I will talk fish, I will adore salt. But if you are sad, I will not dress myself in desolation. I will present myself with all the laughters I… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Thomas Wolfe

In Sleep we lie all naked and alone, in Sleep we are united at the heart of night and darkness, and we are strange and beautiful asleep; for we are dying the darkness and we know no death. — Thomas Wolfe, from “Death the Proud Brother,” The Complete Short Stories Of Thomas Wolfe. (Scribner; 1st… Continue reading Thomas Wolfe

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Mahmoud Darwish

Tell me some simple talk … the talk a woman always desires to be told. I don’t want the phrase complete. Gesture is enough to scatter me in the rise of butterflies between springheads and the sun. Tell me I am necessary for you like sleep, and not like nature filling up with water around… Continue reading Mahmoud Darwish

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Philip Levine

Fact is, silence is the perfect water: unlike rain it falls from no clouds to wash our minds, to ease our tired eyes, to give heart to the thin blades of grass fighting through the concrete for even air dirtied by our endless stream of words. — Philip Levine, from “He Would Never Use One… Continue reading Philip Levine

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Steve Scafidi

I tell myself the reasons for love are as large           as the moon, but they are less: the blue egg in a bird’s nest and the letter O—           how tiny are the reasons we have                     for not letting go of love—this slow catapult of the soul. —Steve Scafidi, from “Pop Pop Pop”… Continue reading Steve Scafidi

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Andrew Lang

‘I wish you may be punished by falling in love with the silent princess.’ And having said this she vanished. For some time the boy paid no heed to her words—indeed he forgot them altogether; but as years went by, and he began to think more about things, the remembrance of the old woman’s wish… Continue reading Andrew Lang

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