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Li-Young Lee

This Room and Everything in It Lie still nowwhile I prepare for my future,certain hard days ahead,when I’ll need what I know so clearly this moment. I am making useof the one thing I learnedof all the things my father tried to teach me:  the art of memory. I am letting this roomand everything in… Continue reading Li-Young Lee

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Haruki Murakami

The sense of tragedy – according to Aristotle – comes, ironically enough, not from the protagonist’s weak points but from his good qualities. Do you know what I’m getting at? People are drawn deeper into tragedy not by their defects but by their virtues.… [But] we accept irony through a device called metaphor. And through… Continue reading Haruki Murakami

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Yukio Mishima

We are not wounded so deeply when betrayed by things we hope for as when betrayed by the things we try our best to despise. In such betrayal comes the dagger in the back. — Yukio Mishima, Thirst For Love. (Vintage; 1st Vintage International ed edition February 22, 1999)

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Gillian Sze

In the middle of the night,I wake without breath              and write my name over and over again                            to keep myself from disappearing. —  Gillian Sze, from “Located,” The Anatomy of Clay. (ECW Press April 1, 2011)

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Alvin Pang

Aubade “My love, I fear the silence of your hands.” —Mahmoud Darwish Overnight, my heart, the forest has grown coldand every leaf shivers with the sure knowledge of its fall,shivers yellow and maple-red and mauve, Summer rememberedin vermillion dying. When I walk the river now it bears merely the lightest press of feet, my body… Continue reading Alvin Pang

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Li-Young Lee

Look at the birds. Even flying is born out of nothing. The first sky is inside you, Friend, open at either end of day. The work of wings was always freedom, fastening one heart to every falling thing. — Li-Young Lee, from “One Heart,” Book of My Nights. (BOA Editions Ltd.; 1 edition September 1,… Continue reading Li-Young Lee

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