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Thomas Merton

All true poetic genius tends to generate prophetic insight. The poet cannot help but listen to awakening voices that are not yet audible to the rest of men. – Thomas Merton, from “Rubén Darío,” The Literary Essays of Thomas Merton. (New Directions Publishing Corporation March 1, 1985)

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Anne Truitt

The most demanding part of living a lifetime as an artist is the strict discipline of forcing oneself to work steadfastly along the nerve of one’s own most intimate sensitivity. – Anne Truitt, Daybook: The Journal of an Artist. (Penguin Books March 6, 1984) Originally published September 12th 1982

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Charles Wright

Knot by knot I untie myself from the past And let it rise away from me like a balloon. What a small thing it becomes. What a bright tweak at the vanishing point, blue on blue. – Charles Wright, from “Arkansas Traveller,” The Other Side of the River. (Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition January… Continue reading Charles Wright

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