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Richard Brautigan

Finding is losing something else.I think about, perhaps even mourn,    what I lost to find this. — Richard Brautigan, “Finding is Losing Something Else” in “A Taste of the Taste of Brautigan,” California Living (16 May 1971)

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Mark Strand

And I, tiny being, drunk with the great starry void, likeness, image of mystery, felt myself a pure part of the abyss. I wheeled with the stars. My heart broke loose with the wind — Mark Strand, from “Pablo Neruda and his passions,” The New Yorker (September 8, 2003)

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E.E. Cummings

(with her beauty more than snow dexterous and fugitive my very frail lady drifting distinctly, moving like a myth in the uncertain morning, with April feet like sudden flowers and all her body filled with May) — E.E. Cummings, from “Puella Mea,” The Dial, January 1921.

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Amy Lowell

O You, Who came upon me once Stretched under apple-trees just after bathing, Why did you not strangle me before speaking Rather than fill me with the wild white honey of your words And then leave me to the mercy Of the forest bees. — Amy Lowell, “Carrefour,” Originally published in Coterie: A Quarterly: Art,… Continue reading Amy Lowell

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