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Amber Flora Thomas

Aubade I know my leaving in the breakfast table mess.    Bowl spills into bowl: milk and bran, bread crust    crumbled. You push me back into bed. More “honey” and “baby.” Breath you tell my ear circles inside me,    curls a damp wind and runs the circuit    of my limbs. I interrogate… Continue reading Amber Flora Thomas

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Anne Sexton

Come, my beloved, consider the lilies. We are of little faith. We talk too much. Put your mouthful of words away and come with me to watch the lilies open in such a field, growing there like yachts, slowly steering their petals without nurses or clocks. Let us consider the view: a house where white… Continue reading Anne Sexton

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Mahmoud Darwish

I will choose from my intimate memories what’s fitting: the scent of wrinkled sheets after making love is the scent of grass after rain. — Mahmoud Darwish, from “Dense Fog Over The Bridge,” If I Were Another: Poems. Translated by  Fady Joudah. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1 edition, October 27, 2009) Originally published 2009.

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I am proud of my heart alone, it is the sole source of everything, all our strength, happiness and misery. All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own. ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther. (Modern Library; Reprint edition, February 8, 2005) Originally published… Continue reading Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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