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Frank O’Hara

For Grace, After a Party   You do not always know what I am feeling. Last night in the warm spring air while I was blazing my tirade against someone who doesn’t interest     me, it was love for you that set mc afire,   and isn’t it odd? for in rooms full of strangers… Continue reading Frank O’Hara

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Jeanette Winterson

You said, ‘I love you.’ Why is it that the most unoriginal thing we can say to one another is still the thing we long to hear? ‘I love you’ is always a quotation. You did not say it first and neither did I, yet when you say it and when I say it we… Continue reading Jeanette Winterson

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William Shakespeare

Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head; And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything. — William Shakespeare, As You Like It: Act II Scene… Continue reading William Shakespeare

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Vievee Francis

A hungry mouth, an empty mouth, insistent mouth, mouth that would be filled by the seaweed of me, that would crack the shell with a rock and take its portion. The mouth gauges its slide, gapes – grotto mouth. Mouth where I might go pray, to fall upon my knees before. A mouth of “Yes.”… Continue reading Vievee Francis

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T.E. Lawrence

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. ― T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars… Continue reading T.E. Lawrence

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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire. — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, from “The Evolution of Chastity,” as translated in… Continue reading Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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