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William S. Burroughs

Thanksgiving Prayer “To John  Dillinger and hope he is still alive. Thanksgiving Day November 28 1986″   Thanks for the wild turkey and the passenger pigeons, destined to be shat out through wholesome American guts. Thanks for a continent to despoil and poison. Thanks for Indians to provide a modicum of challenge and danger. Thanks… Continue reading William S. Burroughs

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Pablo Neruda

The heart moving through a tunnel, in it darkness, darkness, darkness, like a shipwreck we die going into ourselves as though we were drowning inside our hearts as though we lived falling out of the skin into the soul. —Pablo Neruda, from “Nothing But Death,” Pablo Neruda, Neruda & Vallejo: Selected Poems. Translated and edited… Continue reading Pablo Neruda

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Alice Walker,

When I no longer have your heart I will not request your body your presence or even your polite conversation. I will go away to a far country separated from you by the sea — on which I cannot walk — and refrain even from sending letters describing my pain. — Alice Walker, “Walker,” Her… Continue reading Alice Walker,

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Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez,

Thinking that it would console him, she took a piece of charcoal and erased the innumerable loves that he still owed her for, and she voluntarily brought up her own most solitary sadnesses so as not to leave him alone in his weeping. ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude. (Harper; 1st edition… Continue reading Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez,

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Anna Kamienska

Not only my house, the whole world is such a densely-packed trash heap of things and cultures. How to escape? Into death? But death has its own macabre and cowardly aesthetic—it threatens us with flowers and a tasteful tombstone. The dangerous passion for absolute purity. To evaporate with the atom. Wake up! — Anna Kamienska,… Continue reading Anna Kamienska

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Simon Van Booy

Sometimes I wake up and lie still enough to hear a petal drop from the vase of flowers. Sometimes I lie awake and wish there was someone to hear my falling. ― Simon Van Booy, The Illusion of Separateness. (HarperCollins Publishers; 1st edition June 11, 2013)

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