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Franz Wright

I have to sleep to think sometimes— waking into sleep where we find a world reversed where muteness is speech, blindness sight, deafness music that haunts you alone, and that place exists where the poem is not written; where the need to write is not. — Franz Wright, from “Untitled,” Earlier Poems (Alfred A. Knopf,… Continue reading Franz Wright

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James Baldwin

I couldn’t believe it: but what I mean by that is that I couldn’t find any room for it anywhere inside me. I had kept it outside me for a long time. I hadn’t wanted to know. — James Baldwin, from “Sonny’s Blues” (1957), Going to Meet the Man. (Vintage; Reissue edition, April 25, 1995)… Continue reading James Baldwin

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