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Ralph Waldo Emerson

To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society. I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature and Selected Essays. (Penguin Classics; Reissue… Continue reading Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Dean Young

I’ve only the shadows of doubts, shadows of a notion. The leaves turn in tarnished rain like milk. Hearts, rotund with longing, explode like dead horses left in a creek, our intentions misunderstood, misrepresented — Dean Young, from “Upon Hearing of My Friend’s Marriage Breaking Up, I Envision Attack From Outer Space,” Strike Anywhere (Center… Continue reading Dean Young

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Amy Gerstler

Thin ribbons of fear snake bluely through you like a system of rivers. We need a cloudburst or soothing landscape fast, to still this panic. Maybe a field of dracaena, or a vast stand of sugar pines—generous, gum-yielding trees—to fill our minds with vegetable wonder and keep dread at bay. ― Amy Gerstler, Medicine. (Penguin… Continue reading Amy Gerstler

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Jack Spicer

That is the world, my friend, agony, agony. The dead decompose themselves under the clock of the cities. War enters weeping, with a million gray rats. The rich give to their girlfriends A million illuminated dyings. And life is not noble, or good, or sacred. — Jack Spicer, from “Ode for Walt Whitman,” The Collected… Continue reading Jack Spicer

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E.M. Forster

Then she lay on her back and gazed at the cloudless sky. Mr. Beebe, whose opinion of her rose daily, whispered to his niece that that was the proper way to behave if any little thing went wrong. ― E.M. Forster, A Room with a View. (Edward Arnold 1908)

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Sophia Holtz

Let’s walk around outside and forget it is raining. Let’s get soaked in all that noise. Let’s be water all day, and breathe like low tide when we sleep, breathe like dew, and grateful faucets. Let’s be the ice melting at the top of mountains— that kind of clear. — Sophia Holtz, “Prayer to be… Continue reading Sophia Holtz

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