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Ernest Hemingway

For we have thought the longer thoughts      And gone the shorter way. And we have danced to devils’ tunes,      Shivering home to pray; To serve one master in the night,      Another in the day. — Ernest Hemingway, “Chapter Heading,” 88 Poems (Harcourt Brace 1979)

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Adrienne Rich

You want to ask, am I lonely? Well, of course, lonely as a woman driving across country day after day, leaving behind mile after mile little towns she might have stopped and lived and died in. — Adrienne Rich, from “Song,” Diving Into the Wreck: Poems 1971-1972. (W. W. Norton & Company; Later edition edition… Continue reading Adrienne Rich

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W. S. Merwin

The sun sets in the cold without friends Without reproaches after all it has done for us It goes down believing in nothing When it has gone I hear the stream running after it It has brought its flute it is a long way — W. S. Merwin, from “Dusk in Winter,” The Second Four… Continue reading W. S. Merwin

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