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Sena Jeter Naslund

If you meet a woman of whatever complexion who sails her life with strength and grace and assurance, talk to her! And what you will find is that there has been a suffering, that at some time she has left herself for hanging dead. —  Sena Jeter Naslund, Ahab’s Wife, or The Star-Gazer. (William Morrow… Continue reading Sena Jeter Naslund

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Sohrab Sepehri

 No, unity is impossible. There’s always distance although the curve of the stream makes a nice pillow for the sweet slumber of the morning glory. There is always distance. One should be ‘afflicted’ or else the bewildered murmuring between words would be wasted. And love is a journey to a culminating brightness of the solitude… Continue reading Sohrab Sepehri

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Jack Spicer

When he first brought his music into hell He was absurdly confident. Even over the noise of the shapeless fires And the jukebox groaning of the damned Some of them would hear him. In the upper world He had forced the stones to listen. It wasn’t quite the same. And the people he remembered Weren’t… Continue reading Jack Spicer

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Ditta Baron Hoeber

I miss you. sometimes. or. sometimes I notice that I miss you. b. I think that I miss you. always.        it, a wishing word. always. no one. is here for always. still. you are still within reach. dare I. reach. if I open my hand. and close my hand to hold. can I trust… Continue reading Ditta Baron Hoeber

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Horace

Few cross the river of time and are able to reach non-being. Most of them run up and down only on this side of the river. But those who when they know the law follow the path of the law, they shall reach the other shore and go beyond the realm of death. – Horace

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Theodore Roethke

It is difficult to say all things are well, When the worst is about to arrive; It is fatal to woo yourself, However graceful the posture.      Loved heart, what can I say?      When I was a lark, I sang;      When I was a worm, I devoured.      The self says, I am;… Continue reading Theodore Roethke

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