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Ray Bradbury

I went to bed and woke in the middle of the night thinking I heard someone cry, thinking I myself was weeping, and I felt my face and it was dry. Then I looked at the window and thought: Why, yes, it’s just the rain, the rain, always the rain, and turned over, sadder still,… Continue reading Ray Bradbury

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Jack Gilbert

The woman is not just a pleasure, nor even a problem. She is a meniscus that allows the absolute to have a shape, that lets him skate however briefly on the mystery, her presence luminous on the ordinary and grand. — Jack Gilbert, from “A Fact,” The Dance Most of All (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009)

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Stevie Edwards

There’s a theatrics to escaping ruin that has to be honed. The world wants to see you struggle at loosening the straightjacket’s hold; chip your teeth on the buckle; worry your brow; throw your body violently against the water tank walls. There must be real danger. — Stevie Edwards, from “To Houdini,” Stonecoast Review no.… Continue reading Stevie Edwards

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Søren Kierkegaard

She awakens first at the touch of love; before that time she is a dream, yet in her dream life we can distinguish two stages: in the first, love dreams about her; in the second, she dreams about love.  — Søren Kierkegaard, The Seducer’s Diary. (Princeton University Press August 18, 1997) Originally published 1843.

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Tomaž Šalamun

Out of long nails I weld limbs for my new body. Out of old rags, my entrails. A coat of carrion will be my coat of solitude. I pluck my eye from the depths of the marsh. Out of the devoured plates of disgust I will build my hut. My world will be a world… Continue reading Tomaž Šalamun

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John Green

‘People,’ I thought, ‘wanted security. They couldn’t bear the idea of death being a big black nothing, couldn’t bear the thought of their loved ones not existing, and couldn’t even imagine themselves not existing. I finally decided that people believed in an afterlife because they couldn’t bear not to.’ —  John Green, Looking for Alaska.… Continue reading John Green

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Jewel Kilcher

I want love to be simple. I want to trust without thinking. I want to be generous with my affection and patience and love unconditionally. It is easier to love a person with their flaws than to weed through them. I want to love the whole person, not parts; and this is how I want… Continue reading Jewel Kilcher

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