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Charles Bukowski

If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery—isolation.… Continue reading Charles Bukowski

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Laura Straub

We go into the trees and find a field of wildflowers. Singing, we pick, pick apart and pull together until heaps of flowers fall out of our arms. Milkweed, queen anne’s lace, indigo, poppies, buttercups. Daisies, lavender, bulbous eyebright, until there are none left. Ants and aphids crawl down our backs like sweat. Bees and… Continue reading Laura Straub

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Katherine Larson

There are days that walk through me and I cannot hold them. So I fall in love with the man in the moon. He makes the tide uncover me. Then takes off his glasses and explains, ‘I’ve brought you this gift: the starkness of my hands and the crater of my mouth.’ — Katherine Larson,… Continue reading Katherine Larson

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