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Louise Erdrich

Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up.… Continue reading Louise Erdrich

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Amy Lowell

Vernal Equinox The scent of hyacinths, like a pale mist, lies    between me and my book;     And the South Wind, washing through the room,     Makes the candles quiver.     My nerves sting at a spatter of rain on the shutter,     And I am uneasy with the thrusting of green shoots          … Continue reading Amy Lowell

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Henry Rollins

Girls aren’t beautiful, they’re pretty. Beautiful is too heavy a word to assign to a girl. Women are beautiful because their faces show that they know they have lost something and picked up something else. ― Henry Rollins, Smile, You’re Traveling: Black Coffee Blues Part 3. (2.13.61 October 2000)

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