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Anna Akhmatova

And I swear to you by the garden of the angels,
I swear by the miracle-working icon,
And by the fire and smoke of our nights:
I will never come back to you.

— Anna Akhmatova, from “You Thought I Was That Type,” The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova. (Zephyr Press; Exp Upd Su edition September 1, 2000)

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