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Marianne Boruch

Honest-to-God Color, God Said, for Artists Honest-to-god color, god said, for artists. But first, graveyards, to grind the human femur in secret, for bone black. And cuttlefish for sepia, ingenious spray when they fear things, which is mostly in that water. For blue, miniature wars to come, pilgrimages, and rapes some will consider a hobby.… Continue reading Marianne Boruch

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final. —Rainer Maria Rilke, from “Go To The Limits of Your Longing,” The Book of Hours. Babette Deutsch (Translator), Ursula K. Le Guin (Editor) New Directions; Second Edition edition (November 24, 2009)

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Ono no Komachi

When my desire grows too fierce I wear my bed clothes inside out, dark as the night’s rough husk. — Ono no Komachi, “[When my desire],” The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan. Translated by Jane Hirshfield & Mariko Aratani. (Vintage; 1St… Continue reading Ono no Komachi

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Rabindranath Tagore

From my heart comes out and dances the image of my own desire. The gleaming vision flits on. I try to clasp it firmly, it eludes me and leads me astray. I seek what I cannot get, I get what I do not seek. ― Rabindranath Tagore, from “15,” The Gardener. (BookSurge Classics May 1,… Continue reading Rabindranath Tagore

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