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Rebecca Solnit

But sadness is also beautiful, maybe because it rings so true and goes so deep, because it is about the distances in our lives, the things we lose, the abyss between what the lover and the beloved want and imagine and understand that may widen to become unbridgeable at any moment, the distance between the… Continue reading Rebecca Solnit

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Robert Penn Warren

Never expect to be able to will a poem into existence. It must happen to you because You are what you are– With all your defects. —Robert Penn Warren, from “A Few Axioms for a Young Man,” Uncollected Poems 1943-1989, The Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren. (Louisiana State University Press, 1998)

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Samuel Beckett

The new light above my table is a great improvement. With all this darkness around me I feel less alone. (Pause.) In a way. (Pause.) I love to get up and move about in it, then back here to… (hesitates) …me. (Pause.)― Samuel Beckett, Krapp’s Last Tape & Embers. (Faber & Faber February 16, 1998)… Continue reading Samuel Beckett

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Joseph Conrad

His was an impenetrable darkness. I looked at him as you peer down at a man who is lying at the bottom of a precipice where the sun never shines. — Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness. (Blackwood’s Magazine 1899 serial; 1902 book) Originally published 1899.

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