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Mark Strand

No voice comes from outer space, from the folds of dust and carpets of wind to tell us that this is the way it was meant to happen, that if only we knew how long the ruins would last we would never complain. ― Mark Strand, Blizzard of One ‎ (Knopf, February 8, 2000)

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Margaret Atwood

Trust me. This darkness is a place you can enter and be as safe in as you are everywhere; […] Memorize it. You will know it again in your own time. When the appearances of things have left you, you will still have this darkness. Something of your own you can carry with you. —… Continue reading Margaret Atwood

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Mark Strand

Black Sea One clear night while the others slept, I climbedthe stairs to the roof of the house and under a skystrewn with stars I gazed at the sea, at the spread of it,the rolling crests of it raked by the wind, becominglike bits of lace tossed in the air. I stood in the long,whispering… Continue reading Mark Strand

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Margaret Atwood

Late night and rain wakes me, a downpour,wind thrashing in the leaves, hugeears, huge feathers,like some chased animal, a giantdog or wild boar. Thunder & shiveringwindows; from the tin roofthe rush of water. I lie askew under the net,tangled in damp cloth, salt in my hair.When this clears there will be fireflies& stars, brighter than… Continue reading Margaret Atwood

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Robert Melançon

Some mornings, there’s a lancing glintor fiery gleam where the daylight’s reflected in its blazing mirror. It might kindle its flamein anyone lost from afar to its contemplation,but we do not stop for that; one glance is enough to light up the heart, and thosewhom we meet, a few steps farther along,will not know where… Continue reading Robert Melançon

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Leonard Cohen

When I have not rage or sorrow, and you depart from me, then I am most afraid. When the belly is full, and the mind has its sayings, then I fear for my soul; I rush to you as a child at night breaks into its parents’ room. Do not forget me in my satisfaction.… Continue reading Leonard Cohen

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Margaret Atwood

…we thought we were talkingabout a certain lightthrough the window of an empty room,a light beyond the wet black trunksof trees in this leafless forestjust before spring,a certain loss. —Margaret Atwood, from “Two-Headed Poems,” Two-Headed Poems. (Simon & Schuster March 9, 1981)

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Margaret Atwood

How can one live with such a heart?Long ago I gave up singing to it,it will never be satisfied or lulled.One night I will say to it:Heart, be still,and it will. — Margaret Atwood, from “The Woman Who Could Not Live With Her Faulty Heart,” Selected Poems II (1976-1986). (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1987)

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