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William Stafford

Closing the book, I find I have left my head inside. It is dark in here, but the chapters open their beautiful spaces and give a rustling sound, words adjusting themselves to their meaning. Long passages open at successive pages. An echo, continuous from the title onward, hums behind me. From in here the world… Continue reading William Stafford

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Classic · Collection · Excerpt · German Culture · German Literature · Inspirational · Modernism · Motivational · Passage · Poetry · Sonnet · Spiritual

Rainer Maria Rilke

Move through transformation, out and in. What is the deepest loss that you have suffered? If drinking is bitter, change yourself to wine. In this immeasurable darkness, be the power that rounds your senses in their magic ring, the sense of their mysterious encounter. And if the earthly no longer knows your name, whisper to… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke

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American Culture · American Literature · Classic · Collection · Confessional · Contemporary · Poetry

Kim Addonizio

Onset Watching that frenzy of insects above the bush of white flowers, bush I see everywhere on hill after hill, all I can think of is how terrifying spring is, in its tireless, mindless replications. Everywhere emergence: seed case, chrysalis, uterus, endless manufacturing. And the wrapped stacks of Styrofoam cups in the grocery, lately I… Continue reading Kim Addonizio

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American Culture · American Literature · Classic · Collection · Contemporary · Excerpt · National Book Award for Poetry (1973) · National Book Award for Poetry (1993) · Passage · Poetry

A. R. Ammons

                          I was released from forms, from the perpendiculars,              straight lines, blocks, boxes, binds of thought into the hues, shadings, rises, flowing bends and blends              of sight … in nature there are few sharp lines. —A. R. Ammons, from “Corsons Inlet,” The Selected Poems: Expanded Edition (W. W. Norton and Co., 1986)

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