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Søren Kierkegaard

And this is what is sad when one contemplates human life, that so many live out their lives in quiet lostness; they outlive themselves, not in the sense that life’s content successively unfolds and is now possessed in the unfolding, but they live, as it were, away from themselves and vanish like shadows. Their immortal… Continue reading Søren Kierkegaard

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Bob Hicok

  Once she even kissed the scar on his neck,                felt the pulse against her lips,     cadence of his obstinate flesh,                and knew then he’d always remain     the quiet preceding thunder,                the silence which flows                               before the many voices     of the fleeting rain. — Bob Hicok, from “Nurse,”… Continue reading Bob Hicok

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Margaret Holley

It’s a memory I’ve hoarded for twenty-odd years and still claim in moments of déjà vu when time stops, its seed case cracks open, as a storm cracks open, a whole summer happens in one hour, and I know again what Plato’s paradise of souls awaiting rebirth is made of: birdsong, thunder, green, cicadas, and… Continue reading Margaret Holley

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