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Olena Kalytiak Davis

“[…] I had found myself standing in a ley of misnamed yellow calla lilies thinking: That’s surely the shape of the heart: open yet twisting something strange, not at all delicate at its core. — Olena Kalytiak Davis, from “Sleep Was An Inlet,” And Her Soul Out Of Nothing. (University of Wisconsin Press, 1997)

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Sylvia Plath

So I kiss him, and there is the great dark sea ahead, and above the sheaves of yellow stars, shoals of cold bright pieces of light and the great wind….. and I, strange and elated with a new wonder, child-like in my sudden power, look with eyes large in love and amazement at this intent… Continue reading Sylvia Plath

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William Wordsworth

I heard a thousand blended notes, While in a grove I sate reclined, In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts Bring sad thoughts to the mind. To her fair works did nature link The human soul that through me ran; And much it griev’d my heart to think What man has made of man. —… Continue reading William Wordsworth

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