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Haruki Murakami

I realize full well how hard it must be to go on living alone in a place from which someone has left you, but there is nothing so cruel in this world as the desolation of having nothing to hope for. — Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (KNOPF.; First Edition edition 1997)

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Li-Young Lee

Braiding      1. We two sit on our bed, youbetween my legs, your back to me, your headslightly bowed, that I may brush and braidyour hair. My fatherdid this for my mother,just as I do for you. One handholds the hem of you hair, the otherworks the brush. Both hands climbas the strokes growlonger, until… Continue reading Li-Young Lee

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Haruki Murakami

The most he could do was create a place where his heart–devoid now of any depth or weight–could be tethered, to keep from wandering aimlessly. — Haruki Murakami, from “Kino,” Men Without Women: Stories (Alfred A. Knopf, 2017)

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Timmy Chong

and from a thousand milesof soft memories andbad haikus away Ilet you pull me in,all warm and dry likea towel at the beach, whichwe lifted like that postcard From the Shade Garden—You are still everywhere,I wish you were here — Timmy Chong, from “I Know There’s Still a War Outside,” Up the Staircase Quarterly (no.… Continue reading Timmy Chong

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Haruki Murakami

The most he could do was create a place where his heart–devoid now of any depth or weight–could be tethered, to keep from wandering aimlessly. — Haruki Murakami, from “Kino,” Men Without Women: Stories (Alfred A. Knopf, 2017)

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