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Fernando Pessoa

If, on thinking this, I look up to see if reality can quench my thirst, I see inexpressive facades, inexpressive faces, inexpressive gestures. Stones, bodies, ideas – all dead. All movements are one great standstill. Nothing means anything to me, not because it’s unfamiliar but because I don’t know what it is. The world has… Continue reading Fernando Pessoa

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Galway Kinnell

The Correspondence-School Instructor Says Goodbye to His Poetry Students Goodbye, lady in Bangor, who sent me snapshots of yourself, after definitely hinting you were beautiful; goodbye, Miami Beach urologist, who enclosed plain brown envelopes for the return of your very “Clinical Sonnets”; goodbye, manufacturer of brassieres on the Coast, whose eclogues give the fullest treatment… Continue reading Galway Kinnell

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Miguel Ruiz

Also, go inside and listen to your body, because your body will never lie to you. Your mind will play tricks, but the way you feel in your heart, in your guts, is the truth. ― Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. (Amber-Allen Publishing; Hard Cover / Gift Edition edition,… Continue reading Miguel Ruiz

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Friedrich Hölderlin

Even though when I called to you then It was not yet with names, and you Never named me as people do As though they knew one another I knew you better Than I have ever known them. I understood the stillness above the sky But never the words of men. Trees were my teachers… Continue reading Friedrich Hölderlin

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Wallace Stevens

The poem refreshes life so that we share, For a moment, the first idea … It satisfies Belief in an immaculate beginning And sends us, winged by an unconscious will, To an immaculate end. We move between these points: From that ever-early candor to its late plural And the candor of them is the strong… Continue reading Wallace Stevens

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Franz Wright

the poem               writing the poet— Anvil of solitude … Heart that wonderfully lasted                                     until I learned how to write what it so longed to say — Franz Wright, from “Poem {for Frank Bidart},” Earlier Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007)

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