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Sylvia Plath

I should have loved a thunderbird instead; At least when spring comes they roar back again. I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead. (I think I made you up inside my head.) ― Sylvia Plath, from “Mad Girl’s Love Song.” Generally included in the biographical note appended to The Bell Jar. (Harper… Continue reading Sylvia Plath

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

Rise like Lions after slumber In unvanquishable number- Shake your chains to earth like dew Which in sleep had fallen on you Ye are many-they are few. ― Percy Bysshe Shelley, from The Masque of Anarchy: Written on Occasion of the Massacre at Manchester. (1819)

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Tom Waits

Jim Jarmusch once told me Fast, Cheap, and Good… pick two. If it’s fast and cheap it won’t be good. If it’s cheap and good, it won’t be fast. If it’s fast and good, it won’t be cheap. Fast, cheap and good … pick two words to live by.  —Tom Waits, Tom Waits on Tom… Continue reading Tom Waits

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David St. John

I have travelled so far to remember Nothing of my former life, though perhaps that is Truly best. I’ve left everything I’ve ever known To come here, to stand in the shape of your shadow. — David St. John, from section “XVI. A Traveller” of “Nocturnes & Aubades,” The Red Leaves of Night (HarperFlamingo, 1999)

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Franz Kafka

I am not well; I could have built the Pyramids with the effort it takes me to cling on to life and reason. — Franz Kafka, Letters To Felice. ‎( Schocken; Pbk ed. edition December 6, 2016) Originally published 1967.

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