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Sylvia Plath

There is this white wall, above which the sky creates itself- Infinite, green, utterly untouchable. Angels swim in it, and the stars, in indifference also. They are my medium. — Sylvia Plath, from “Apprehensions,” The Bell Jar. (Harper Perennial Modern Classics June 11, 2013) Originally published January 14th 1963.

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Kurt Vonnegut

Still and all, why bother? Here’s my answer. Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone. ― Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake. (RosettaBooks, August 22, 2011) Originally published… Continue reading Kurt Vonnegut

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman

It is the same woman, I know, for she is always creeping, and most women do not creep by daylight. — Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories. (Dover Publications; Unabridged edition, 1997) Originally published 1892.

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Kenneth Rexroth

Under this tree for a moment, We have escaped the bitterness Of love, and love lost, and love Betrayed. And what might have been, And what might be, fall equally Away with what is, — Kenneth Rexroth, from “Lyell’s Hypothesis Again ,” The Collected Shorter Poems of Kenneth Rexroth (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1967)

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