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Dylan Thomas

Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed Lie still, sleep becalmed, sufferer with the wound In the throat, burning and turning. All night afloat On the silent sea we have heard the sound That came from the wound wrapped in the salt sheet. Under the mile off moon we trembled listening To the sea sound flowing like blood… Continue reading Dylan Thomas

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Jack Kerouac

Here Holy Spain has sent the blood- heart sacrifice Aztecs of Mexico a picture of tenderness and pity, saying, “This you would do to Man? I am the Son of Man, I am of Man, I am Man and this you would do to Me, Who Am Man and God—I am God, and you would… Continue reading Jack Kerouac

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Mary Margaret Alvarado

And then I began my habit of walking at night to get rid of the strings, witherings. The Lord revealed to me that I am full of birds turned smoke and hooked strings. I say to the Lord, Lord take a string. —Mary Margaret Alvarado, from “[The Chapter of the Rending in Sunder],” Hey Folly… Continue reading Mary Margaret Alvarado

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David Mitchell

I believe there is another world waiting for us, Sixsmith. A better world, and I’ll be waiting for you there. I believe we do not stay dead long. Find me beneath the Corsican stars, where we first kissed. ― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas. (Modern Library; F First Edition edition November 20, 2012)

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Charles Wright

These are the four lessons I have learned … Walk as though you’d been given one brown eye and one blue, Think as though you thought best with somebody else’s brain, Write as though you had in hand the last pencil on earth, Pray as though you were praying with someone else’s soul. —Charles Wright,… Continue reading Charles Wright

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Rebecca Solnit

But to preserve something is to delay that act indefinitely. Maybe preserves are where a historian’s urges meet a cook’s capacities. I wish that I could put up yesterday’s evening sky for all posterity, could preserve a night of love, the sound of a mountain stream, a realization as it sets my mind afire, a… Continue reading Rebecca Solnit

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Mahvash Mossaed

The poets stand in the rain. They wear no raincoats. They have no umbrellas. They are discussing the shadow of a shadow of a shadow. But their poetry is already soaking wet— They have not developed their reality muscles So they walk with a limp while admiring the color of a vein in a leaf.… Continue reading Mahvash Mossaed

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