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Arthur Rimbaud

A tap of your finger on the drum releases all sounds and initiates the new harmony.      A step of yours is the conscription of the new men and their marching orders.     You look away: the new love!     You look back,—the new love!     “Change our fates, shoot down the plagues, beginning with time,” the children sing… Continue reading Arthur Rimbaud

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Kenneth Rexroth

We have slept together inA lonely bed. Now my heartTurns towards you, awake at last,Penitent, lost in the lastLoneliness. Speak to me. TalkTo me. Break the black silence.Speak of a tree full of leaves,Of a flying bird, the newMoon in the sunset, a poem,A book, a person – all theCasual hfrankealing speechOf your resonant, quiet… Continue reading Kenneth Rexroth

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W.S. Merwin

There are spirits that come back to uswhen we have grown into another agewe recognize them just as they leave uswe remember them when we cannot hear themsome of them come from the bodies of birdssome arrive unnoticed like forgettingthey do not recall earlier livesand there are distant voices still hoping to find us —… Continue reading W.S. Merwin

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Chuck Palahniuk

It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace. ― Chuck Palahniuk, Diary. (Anchor September 14, 2004)

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Joseph Conrad

We live in the flicker — may it last as long as the old earth keeps rolling! But darkness was here yesterday.  — Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness. (Blackwood’s Magazine 1899 serial; 1902 book) Originally published 1899.

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