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Elizabeth Bishop

Love’s the boy stood on the burning deck trying to recite “The boy stood on the burning deck”. Love’s the son        stood stammering elocution        while the poor ship in flames went down.  Love’s the obstinate boy, the ship, even the swimming sailors, who would like a schoolroom platform, too        or an excuse to stay        on deck. And love’s the… Continue reading Elizabeth Bishop

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Yusef Komunyakaa

I never said there’s a book insideevery tree. I never said I know howthe legless beggar feels whenthe memory of his toes itch.If I did, drunkennesswas then my god & naked dancer.I take it back.I’m not a suicidal mooncalf;you don’t have to take my shoelaces. — Yusef Komunyakaa, from “Corrigenda,” Pleasure Dome: New & Collected… Continue reading Yusef Komunyakaa

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James Baldwin

Societies never know it, but the war of an artist with his society is a lover’s war, and he does, at his best, what lovers do, which is to reveal the beloved to himself and, with that revelation, to make freedom real. — James Baldwin, “The Creative Process,” Creative America. (The National Cultural Center /… Continue reading James Baldwin

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