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Mark Strand

Our Masterpiece Is the Private Life for Jules I Is there something down by the water keeping itself from us, Some shy event, some secret of the light that falls upon the deep, Some source of sorrow that does not wish to be discovered yet? Why should we care? Doesn’t desire cast its rainbows over… Continue reading Mark Strand

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Mary Jo Bang

Now I predict the future / merely by listening to echoes. A slamming door / can tell you everything you need to know. It’s not a trick / only a simple matter of wisdom, an obsessive attention / to dreams. — Mary Jo Bang, from “The Oracle,”Apology for Want: Poems. (Middlebury; 1st edition July 15,… Continue reading Mary Jo Bang

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Anne Sexton

We moved like angels washing themselves. We moved like two birds on fire. —  Anne Sexton, from “How We Danced” in “The Death of the Fathers,” The Norton Anthology of American Literature, ed. Baym et al, 5th edition, Volume 2, (New York and London: W. W. Norton & Co., 1998)

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