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Li-Young Lee

the lovers’ voices and the voices of the beloved are the ocean’s legion scaling earth’s black bell, their bright crested foam the rudimentary beginnings of bridges and wings, the dream of flying, and the yearning to cross over. — Li-Young Lee, from “The Undressing,” The Undressing: Poems (W. W. Norton Company, 2018) Advertisements

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Li-Young Lee

The real subject in poetry isn’t the voice. The real subject is silence. It’s like in architecture, where the medium is not really stone or metal, but space. We use materials—brick, glass, whatever— to inflect the immaterial, space. I would say that the real medium of poetry is inner space, the silence of our deepest… Continue reading Li-Young Lee

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Izumi Shikibu

Remembering you … The fireflies of this marsh seem like sparks that rise     from my body’s longing — Izumi Shikibu, from The Ink Dark Moon, trans. Jane Hirshfield with Mariko Aratani (Vintage Classics, 1990)

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