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Chris Abani

This is not a lamentation, damn it.This is a love song.This is a love song.Like reggae—it all falls on the off beat.If there is a way, it is here.They say you cannot say this in a poem.That you cannot say, love, and mean anything.That you cannot say, soul, and approach heaven.But the sun is no… Continue reading Chris Abani

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You may forget butlet me tell youthis: someone insome future timewill think of us —Sappho, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho. Translated by Anne Carson. (Virago Press Ltd November 6, 2003) C. -600 BCE.

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Ono no Komachi

Although there is not one moment without longing, still, how strange this autumn twilight is. — Ono no Komachi, The Ink Dark Moon tr. by Jane Hirshfield with Mariko Aratani (Vintage Classics, 1990)

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