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Edward Young

At thirty, man suspects himself a fool, / Knows it at forty, and reforms his plan; / At fifty, chides his infamous delay, / Pushes his prudent purpose to resolve, / In all the magnanimity of thought; / Resolves, and re-resolves, then dies the same. / And why? Because he thinks himself immortal, / All… Continue reading Edward Young

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Brenda Marie Osbey

the first thing you learn about desire is that it does not wear down with time. there comes a time when you can no longer get your pleasure but the desire stays with you— a dampish kind of feeling beneath the armpits at the back of the tongue. — Brenda Marie Osbey, from “Desire and… Continue reading Brenda Marie Osbey

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Virginia Woolf

Very gently and quietly, almost as if it were the blood singing in her veins, or the water of the stream running over stones, she became conscious of a new feeling within her. She wondered for a moment what it was, and then said to herself, with a little surprise at recognising in her own… Continue reading Virginia Woolf

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Gregory Orr

When the shadow cast by my past meets the shadow cast by my future, I become the door that opens both ways, I become the conch shell at the water’s edge: one ocean outside me, the other within.” —Gregory Orr, from “Some Notes on Shadows,” The Caged Owl: New & Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press,… Continue reading Gregory Orr

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Rachel Corrie

Let me lie alone on my back in tall grass and see the sun and the water droplets on the branches and the red tree trunks through my own eyes. Let me color them and build them with my own words. Lonely, strong words. Let me stand alone at the edge of the earth and… Continue reading Rachel Corrie

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Robert Penn Warren

[A]nd the world Whirls green on a string, then The leaves go quiet, wink From their own shade, secretly. Keep still, just a moment, leaves. There is something I am trying to remember. — Robert Penn Warren, from “2. Deciduous Spring,” in section II “Love: Two Vignettes” of “Delight,” Tale of Time: Poems 1960-1966, in… Continue reading Robert Penn Warren

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Allen Ginsberg

Poetry is words that are empowered to make your hair stand on end, that you realize instantly as being some form of subjective truth that has an objective reality to it, because somebody has realized it. Then you call it poetry later. — Allen Ginsberg remarking on Bob Dylan’s ability to write poetry, No Direction… Continue reading Allen Ginsberg

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