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Fernando Pessoa

Sometimes in the evening on Summer days,Even when there’s not a breeze at all, it seemsLike there’s a light breeze blowing for a minuteBut the trees are unmovingIn every leaf of their leavesAnd our feelings have had an illusion,An illusion of what would please them… ― Fernando Pessoa, from “XLI,” The Keeper of Flocks. (Aquila/The… Continue reading Fernando Pessoa

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Louise Glück

Aubade There was one summerthat returned many times overthere was one flower unfurlingtaking many forms Crimson of the monarda, pale gold of the late roses There was one loveThere was one love, there were many nights Smell of the mock orange treeCorridors of jasmine and liliesStill the wind blew There were many winters but I… Continue reading Louise Glück

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Nick Flyn

I dreamt your suicide notewas scrawled in pencil on a brown paperbag,& in the bag were six baby mice. The bagopened into darkness,smolderingfrom the top down. The mice,huddled at the bottom, scurried the bagacross a shorn field. I stood over it& as the burning reached each carbon letterof what you’d writtenyour voice released into the… Continue reading Nick Flyn

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Wisława Szymborska

I RESTORE lost love.Act now! Special offer!You lie on last year’s grassbathed in sunlight to the chinwhile winds of summers pastcaress your hair and seemto lead you in a dance.For further details, write: “Dream.” — Wisława Szymborska, from “Classifieds,” Poems, New and Collected, 1957-1997. (Mariner Books; 1 edition November 16, 2000) Originally published January 1st… Continue reading Wisława Szymborska

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