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Jack Gilbert

It Is Difficult To Speak Of The Night “It is difficult to speak of the night. It is the other time. Not an absence of day. But where there are no flowers to turn away into. There is only this dark and the familiar place of my body. And the voices calling out of me… Continue reading Jack Gilbert

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Herman Melville

Glimpses do ye seem to see of that mortally intolerable truth; that all deep, earnest thinking is but the intrepid effort of the soul to keep the open independence of her sea; while the wildest winds of heaven and earth conspire to cast her on the treacherous, slavish shore. ― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The… Continue reading Herman Melville

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William Carlos Williams

The work is heavy. I see bare branches laden with snow. I try to comfort myself with thought of your old age. A girl passes, in a red tam, the coat around her quick ankles snow smeared from running and falling- Of what shall I think now save of death the bright dancer? — William… Continue reading William Carlos Williams

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With its leaves so rich and heavy with elation and its crimson face made brighter with visions of divinity the shadow of a certain rose looks just like an angel eating light. ― Aberjhani, Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black. (Black Skylark Singing and Lulu; 1st edition July 24, 2012)

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