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Tom Robbins

When two people meet and fall in love, there’s a sudden rush of magic. Magic is just naturally present then. We tend to feed on that gratuitous magic without striving to make any more. One day we wake up and find that the magic is gone. We hustle to get it back, but by then… Continue reading Tom Robbins

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The aim of the poet is to inform or delight, or to combine together, in what he says, both pleasure and applicability to life. In instructing, be brief in what you say in order that your readers may grasp it quickly and retain it faithfully. Superfluous words simply spill out when the mind is already… Continue reading Horace

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I’m the one who’s been asking you— it hurts to ask—Who are you? I am orphaned each time the sun goes down. I can feel cast out from everything and even churches can look like prisons. That’s when I want you— you knower of my emptiness, you unspeaking partner to my sorrow— — Rainer Maria… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke

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Edward Thomas

And yet I still am half in love with pain, With what is imperfect, with both tears and mirth, With things that have an end, with life and earth, And this moon that leaves me dark within the door. —  Edward Thomas, from “Liberty,” Collected Poems: Edward Thomas. (Faber & Faber January 1980) Originally published… Continue reading Edward Thomas

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Raymond Carver

I’ve crossed some kind of invisible line. I feel as if I’ve come to a place I never thought I’d have to come to. And I don’t know how I got here. It’s a strange place. It’s a place where a little harmless dreaming and then some sleepy, early-morning talk has led me into considerations… Continue reading Raymond Carver

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