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Izumi Shikibu

Remembering you …
The fireflies of this marsh
seem like sparks
that rise
    from my body’s longing

— Izumi Shikibu, from The Ink Dark Moon, trans. Jane Hirshfield with Mariko Aratani (Vintage Classics, 1990)

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