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Jack Gilbert

The woman is not just a pleasure, nor even a problem. She is a meniscus that allows the absolute to have a shape, that lets him skate however briefly on the mystery, her presence luminous on the ordinary and grand. — Jack Gilbert, from “A Fact,” The Dance Most of All (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009)… Continue reading Jack Gilbert

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John Burroughs

The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is, “Look under foot.” You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place… Continue reading John Burroughs

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