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Aleksandar Ristović

About Death and Other Things How strange will be my death, of which I’ve been thinking since childhood: A sedentary old man leaving a small-town library leans to one side and eventually collapses on the lawn. I’ve every reason to believe that I’ll experience what the others have experienced while I climb the stairs carrying… Continue reading Aleksandar Ristović

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Michael Ondaatje

A love story is not about those who lose their heart but about those who find that sullen inhabitant who, when it is stumbled upon, means the body can fool no one, can fool nothing— not the wisdom of sleep or the habit of social graces. It is a consuming of oneself and the past.… Continue reading Michael Ondaatje

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John Ashbery

Alone with our madness and favorite flower We see that there really is nothing left to write about. Or rather, it is necessary to write about the same old things In the same way, repeating the same things over and over For love to continue and be gradually different. — John Ashbery, from “Late Echo,” … Continue reading John Ashbery

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J.D. Salinger

I mean they don’t seem able to love us just the way we are. They don’t seem able to love us unless they can keep changing us a little bit. They love their reasons for loving us almost as much as they love us, and most of the time more. — J.D. Salinger, from “Teddy,”… Continue reading J.D. Salinger

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Kim Addonizio

for Aya at fifteen Damp-haired from the bath, you drape yourself upside down across the sofa, reading, one hand idly sunk into a bowl of crackers, goldfish with smiles stamped on. I think they are growing gills, swimming up the sweet air to reach you. Small girl, my slim miracle, they multiply. In the black… Continue reading Kim Addonizio

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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

What is going on inside me I cannot tell. In the sky a thousand stars are magnetized, and I lie glued by the swing of the planet to the sand. A different weight brings me back to myself. I feel the weight of my body drawing me towards so many things. My dreams are more… Continue reading Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Sorrow like a ceaseless rain       Beats upon my heart. People twist and scream in pain, — Dawn will find them still again; This has neither wax nor wane,       Neither stop nor start. People dress and go to town;       I sit in my chair. All my thoughts are slow and brown: Standing up… Continue reading Edna St. Vincent Millay

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