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Haruki Murakami

I’m the lonely voyager standing on the deck and she is the sea. The sky is a blanket of gray, merging with the gray sea east of the horizon. It’s hard to tell the difference between sea and sky. Between voyager and sea. Between reality and the workings of the heart. —Haruki Murakami, Kafka on… Continue reading Haruki Murakami

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Ted Kooser

Above us, stars. Beneath us, constellations. Five billion miles away, a galaxy dies like a snowflake falling on water. Below us, some farmer, feeling the chill of that distant death, snaps on his yard light, drawing his sheds and barn back into the little system of his care. All night, the cities, like shimmering novas,… Continue reading Ted Kooser

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Truman Capote

I’ve always thought a body would have to be sick and dying before they saw the Lord. And I imagined that when He came it would be like looking at [a church] window: pretty as colored glass with the sun pouring through, such a shine you don’t know it’s getting dark. And it’s been a… Continue reading Truman Capote

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Audre Lorde

and when we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed but when we are silent we are still afraid So it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive. — Audre Lorde, from “A Litany for Survival,” The Black Unicorn: Poems, (W. W. Norton & Company; Reissue… Continue reading Audre Lorde

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