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Lisel Mueller

2. How I would Paint Happiness Something sudden, a windfall, a meteor shower. No – a flowering tree releasing all its blossoms at once, and the one standing beneath it unexpectedly robed in bloom, transformed into a stranger to beautiful to touch. — Lisel Mueller, from ” Imaginary Paintings,” Alive Together: New and Selected Poems. (LSU… Continue reading Lisel Mueller

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Lisel Mueller

Why We Tell Stories I Because we used to have leaves and on damp days our muscles feel a tug, painful now, from when roots pulled us into the ground and because our children believe they can fly, an instinct retained from when the bones in our arms were shaped like zithers and broke neatly… Continue reading Lisel Mueller

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Lisel Mueller

We want to hear someone say, “I give you my heart,” meaning, “summer and winter,” meaning, “all my time in this world,” and to imagine what it is like, dying of heartbreak, a subtle, yet extravagant death, nothing to do with the blood supply, or lack of it, that kills us. — Lisel Mueller, from… Continue reading Lisel Mueller

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