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Lorrie Moore

‘You reach a point,’ she wrote me once, ‘where you cannot cry anymore, and you look around you at people you know, at people your own age, and they’re not crying either. Something has been taken. And they are emptier. And they are grateful.’  —Lorrie Moore, from “What Is Seized,” The Collected Stories. (Faber and… Continue reading Lorrie Moore

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Adrienne Rich

If I’m lonely it’s with the rowboat ice-fast on the shore in the last red light of the year that knows what it is, that knows it’s neither ice nor mud nor winter light but wood, with a gift for burning — Adrienne Rich, from “Song,” Adrienne Rich’s Poetry and Prose. (W. W. Norton & Company;… Continue reading Adrienne Rich

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Love has gone and left me,—and the neighbors knock and borrow, And life goes on forever like the gnawing of a mouse,— And to-morrow and to-morrow and to-morrow and to-morrow There’s this little street and this little house. —Edna St. Vincent Millay, from “Ashes of Life,” Renascence and Other Poems. (Dover Publications; Unabridged edition November… Continue reading Edna St. Vincent Millay

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