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Flannery O’Connor

The black sky was underpinned with long silver streaks that looked like scaffolding and depth on depth behind it were thousands of stars that all seemed to be moving very slowly as if they were about some vast construction work that involved the whole universe and would take all time to complete. No one was… Continue reading Flannery O’Connor

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Henry Miller

Your soul is utterly mysterious–but it is intact and generous and understanding. If it can hate it can also forgive. It is abiding. It does not change color, like the chameleon. There is something leonine about it. You can swim in troubled waters and be at peace. — Henry Miller, Dear, Dear Brenda: The Love… Continue reading Henry Miller

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Jean-Michel Maulpoix

Within us the sea tries out sentences. From time immemorial, the same voice spells the same alphabet in the same child’s brain. It mutters words which quickly fly off, snagged on the sea grasses, on the bathers’ browned skin, on the bows of boats, on the masts. Ordinary words, for nothing and no one in… Continue reading Jean-Michel Maulpoix

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May Sarton

I can tell you that solitude Is not all exaltation, inner space Where the soul breathes and work can be done. Solitude exposes the nerve, Raises up ghosts. The past, never at rest, flows through it. —May Sarton, “Gestalt at Sixty: Part 1,″ A Durable Fire: Poems (Open Road Media, 2014) Originally published January 1st… Continue reading May Sarton

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