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Jane Hirshfield

… if only you will choose again,
this once more, to be born,
to carry existence as Atlas carries the earth, continually
and with unchanged diligence, though tricked into it,
though he thought he had escaped.

— Jane Hirshfield, from “Sleeping in the Afternoon,” Of Gravity & Angels. (Wesleyan; 1 edition February 15, 1988)

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