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Rainer Maria Rilke

“We say release, and radiance, and roses,” We say release, and radiance, and roses, and echo upon everything that’s known; and yet, behind the world our names enclose is the nameless: our true archetype and home. The sun seems male, and earth is like a woman, the field is humble, and the forest proud; but… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke

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Dante Alighieri

In that book which is my memory, On the first page of the chapter that is the day when I first met you, Appear the words, “Here begins a new life”. — Dante Alighieri, from Vita Nuova (Oxford University Press, 1999, originally published in 1225)

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Anna Kamienska

I don’t believe in the next world. The world is one. One reality. Death isn’t a gateway to the next world, maybe just the opening of blind eyes. – Anna Kamienska, from “Industrious Amazement: A Notebook,” Poetry, Mar2011, Vol. 197  Issue 6, p503.

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