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Octavio Paz

                    I am where I was:
I walk behind the murmur,
footsteps within me, heard with my eyes,
the murmur is in the mind, I am my footsteps,
I hear the voices that I think,
the voices that think me as as I think them.
I am the shadow my words cast.

— Octavio Paz, from to “A Draft of Shadows,” The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz, 1957-1987. Translated by Eliot Weinberger. (New Directions, April 17, 1991)


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