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Jack Spicer

Sharp as an arrow Orpheus Points his music downward. Hell is there At the bottom of the seacliff. Heal Nothing by this music. Eurydice Is a frigate bird or a rock or some seaweed. Hail nothing The infernal Is a slippering wetness out at the horizon. Hell is this: The lack of anything but the… Continue reading Jack Spicer

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Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

He sank into the rocking chair, the same one in which Rebecca had sat during the early days of the house to give embroidery lessons, and in which Amaranta had played Chinese checkers with Colonel Gerineldo Marquez, and in which Amarana Ursula had sewn the tiny clothing for the child, and in that flash of… Continue reading Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

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Larry Levis

And for years I believed That what went unsaid between us became empty, And pure, like starlight, & that it persisted. I got it all wrong. I wound up believing in words the way a scientist Believes in carbon, after death. — Larry Levis, from “Winter Stars,” Winter Stars (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1985)

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Wallace Stevens

Diaries are very futile. I must be all dream or all deed. It is quite impossible for me to express any of the beauty I feel to half the degree I feel it; and yet it is a great pleasure to seize an impression and lock it up in words: you feel as if you… Continue reading Wallace Stevens

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Robert Creeley

Such strangeness of mind I know I cannot find there more than what I know. I am tired of purposes, intent that leads itself back to its own belief. I want nothing more of such brilliance but what makes the shadows darker and that fire grow dimmer. — Robert Creeley, from “Pieces,” The Collected Poems… Continue reading Robert Creeley

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Leonora Carrington

Your head has dissolved into thin air and I can see the rhododendrons through your stomach. It’s not that you are dead or anything dramatic like that, it is simply that you are fading away and I can’t even remember your name. — Leonora Carrington, The Hearing Trumpet. (Exact Change; 1ST edition, February 2, 2004)… Continue reading Leonora Carrington

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Ana Castillo

I ask the impossible: love me forever. Love me when all desire is gone. Love me with the single mindedness of a monk. When the world in its entirety, and all that you hold sacred advise you against it: love me still more. — Ana Castillo, I Ask the Impossible: Poems. (Anchor; 1st Anchor Books… Continue reading Ana Castillo

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