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Ganga White

What if our religion was each other? / If our practice was our life? / If prayer was our words? / What if the Temple was the Earth? / If forests were our church? / If holy water—the rivers, lakes / and oceans? / What if meditation was our relationships? / If the Teacher was… Continue reading Ganga White

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William Shakespeare

O, hereWill I set up my everlasting rest,And shake the yoke of inauspicious starsFrom this world-wearied flesh. Eyes, look your last!Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O youThe doors of breath, seal with a righteous kissA dateless bargain to engrossing death!  — William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act V, Scene iii

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Michel de Montaigne

IT is easier to write an indifferent poem than understand a good one. There is, indeed, a certain low and moderate sort of poetry that a man may well enough judge by certain rules of art; but the true, supreme, and divine Poetry is above all the rules of reason. Whoever discerns the beauty of… Continue reading Michel de Montaigne

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Yusef Komunyakaa

I stared at a tree against duskTill it was a girlStanding beside a country roadShucking cane with her teeth.She looked up & smiled& waved. Lost in what hurts,In what tasted good, could sheEver learn there’s no loveIn sugar? — Yusef Komunyakaa, from “Sugar,” Magic City (Wesleyan University Press, 1992)

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Diane di Prima

There are as many kinds of kisses as there are people on earth, as there are permutations and combinations of those people. No two people kiss alike—no two people fuck alike—but somehow the kiss is more personal, more individualized than the fuck. — Diane di Prima, Memoirs of a Beatnik. (Penguin Books; First Printing edition… Continue reading Diane di Prima

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