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Mary Oliver

On winter’s margin, see the small birds now With half-forged memories come flocking home To gardens famous for their charity. The green globe’s broken; vines like tangled veins Hang at the entrance to the silent wood. With half a loaf, I am the prince of crumbs; By snow’s down, the birds amassed will sing Like… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Denis Johnson

… inside me I carry a black night you climb through like the moon in which the Asians see a woman: higher and smaller, [Love], farther and farther away, and nothing will ever bring you back. And nothing will ever get rid of you. — Denis Johnson, from “The Woman in the Moon,” The Incognito… Continue reading Denis Johnson

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Jack Gilber

Naked Except for the Jewelry “And,” she said, “you must talk no more about ecstasy. It is loneliness.” The woman wandered about picking up her shoes and silks. “You said you loved me,” the man said. “We tell lies,” she said, brushing her wonderful hair, naked except for the jewelry. “We try to believe.” “you… Continue reading Jack Gilber

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