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Kenneth Rexroth

Move softly, do not move at all, but hold me, Deep, still, deep within you, while time slides away, As this river slides beyond this lily bed, And the thieving moments fuse and disappear In our mortal, timeless flesh. — Kenneth Rexroth, from “Floating,” The Complete Poems of Kenneth Rexroth (Copper Canyon Press, 2004) Advertisements

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Jack Spicer

Like silent little children we embrace, Aching together. And love is emptiness of ear. As cure We put a face against our ear And listen to it as we would a shell, Soothed by its roar. We find the body difficult, and speak Across its wall like strangers. — Jack Spicer, from “We find the… Continue reading Jack Spicer

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William S. Burroughs

To travel in space you must leave the old verbal garbage behind: God talk, country talk, mother talk, love talk, party talk. You must learn to exist with no religion, no country, no allies. You must learn to live alone in silence. Anyone who prays in space is not there. — William S. Burroughs, from… Continue reading William S. Burroughs

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Bob Kaufman

In order to exist I hide behind stacks of red and blue poems And open little sensuous parasols — Bob Kaufman, from “Afterwards They Shall Dance,” Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness. (New Directions, January 17, 1965)

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