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Li-Young Lee

Nocturne That scraping of iron on iron when the wind    rises, what is it? Something the wind won’t    quit with, but drags back and forth. Sometimes faint, far, then suddenly, close, just    beyond the screened door, as if someone there    squats in the dark honing his wares against    my threshold.… Continue reading Li-Young Lee

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Herman Melville

And he piled upon the whale’s white hump. A sum of all the rage and hate felt by his own race. If his chest had been a cannon, he would have shot his heart upon it. – Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. Richard Bentley October 18, 1851 (Britain), Harper & Brothers November 14, 1851… Continue reading Herman Melville

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Alice Walker

love is not concerned with whom you pray or where you slept the night you ran away from home love is concerned that the beating of your heart should kill no one — Alice Walker, “Love Is Not Concerned,” Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful: Poems. (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; 1st edition September 1984)

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