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Eugène Ionesco

The light of memory, or rather the light that memory lends to things, is the palest light of all…I am not quite sure whether I am dreaming or remembering, whether I have lived my life or dreamed it. Just as dreams do, memory makes me profoundly aware of the unreality, the evanescence of the world,… Continue reading Eugène Ionesco

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Charles Bukowski

I carry death in my left pocket. Sometimes I take it out and talk to it: “Hello, baby, how you doing? When you coming for me? I’ll be ready. — Charles Bukowski, The captain is out to lunch and the sailors have taken over the ship. Illustrated by Robert Crumb. (Ecco; 1st edition May 31,… Continue reading Charles Bukowski

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Kim Addonizio

The gods were here first, and they’re bigger. They always were, and always will be living it up in their father’s mansion. You only crawled from the drain a few millenia ago, after inventing legs for yourself so you could stand, inventing fists in order to raise them and curse the heavens. Do the gods… Continue reading Kim Addonizio

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 Anne Sexton

This is how I want to die: into that rushing beast of the night, sucked up by that great dragon, to split from my life with no flag, no belly, no cry. — Anne Sexton, from “The Starry Night,” The Complete Poems of Anne Sexton. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1981)

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Virginia Woolf

I want to resemble a sort of liquid light which stretches beyond visibility or invisibility. Tonight I wish to have the valor and daring to belong to the moon. —Virginia Woolf, A Writer’s Diary. (Mariner Books; First edition, March 31, 2003) Originally published 1953.

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Elizabeth Bishop

I’ve typed myself into a fine nostalgia. — Elizabeth Bishop, letter to Robert Lowell, 14 December 1957, Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008)

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