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Robert Penn Warren

While out of Time, Timelessness brims Like oil on black water, to coil out and spread On the time that seems past and the time that may come, And both the same under The present’s darkening dome. —Robert Penn Warren, from “Antinomy: Time and Identity,” Being Here: Poetry 1977-1979 (Random House, 1980)

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Robert Penn Warren

When lost in a thick-wooded country always Work downward as water would. You Will come out somewhere. — Robert Penn Warren, from “A Few Axioms for a Young Man,” Uncollected Poems 1943-1989, The Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren, ed. John Burt (Louisiana State University Press, 1998)

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