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Ted Kooser

Today, from a distance, I saw you,walking away, and without a soundthe glittering face of a glacierslid into the sea. An ancient oakfell in the Cumberlands, holding onlya handful of leaves, and an old womanscattering corn to her chickens looked upfor an instant. At the other sideof the galaxy, a star thirty-five timesthe size of… Continue reading Ted Kooser

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Franz Kafka

I want in fact more of you. In my mind I am dressing you with light; I am wrapping you up in blankets of complete acceptance and then I give myself to you. I long for you; I who usually long without longing, as though I am unconscious and absorbed in neutrality and apathy, really,… Continue reading Franz Kafka

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François-René de Chateaubriand

Life is spent hovering round our tomb. Our various sicknesses are but the winds which carry us more or less near to the haven. … Death is our friend, nevertheless we do not recognise it as such, because it presents itself to us under a mask, and that mask inspires us with terror. —  François-René… Continue reading François-René de Chateaubriand

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Vladimir Nabokov

Suddenly for no earthly reason I felt immensely sorry for him and longed to say something real, something with wings and a heart, but the birds I wanted settled on my shoulders and head only later when I was alone and not in need of words. — Vladimir Nabokov, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight.… Continue reading Vladimir Nabokov

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Brigit Pegeen Kelly

The Valiant Now you see how things turn out, the horse’srump swelling behind the oak—copper flesh,green trunk—and the old man thrusting his arm out like an oar or a sign to himselfto stop and consider the torrent of red leaveswashing over the house, over the ivy-stained stone wall, over the girl grieving or regrettingin the… Continue reading Brigit Pegeen Kelly

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William Faulkner

He had a word, too. Love, he called it. But I had been used to words for a long time. I knew that that word was like the others: just a shape to fill a lack; that when the right time came, you wouldn’t need a word for that anymore than for pride or fear.… Continue reading William Faulkner

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Morgan Parker

Today darling I am risingfrom the lavender bathtubof self-loathing. I don’t take drugsto shut up I take offmy pants when I get homeand I stay there, red cup fullof cigarettes from heaven, ghostsof all my friends between my toes.I imagine them pouring vodka all overeach other wearing glitter.The vision is closing in like a tight… Continue reading Morgan Parker

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Jhumpa Lahiri

Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination. — Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First… Continue reading Jhumpa Lahiri

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