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Li Yu (c. 937 – 15 August 978)

One range of mountains, Two ranges of mountains, The mountains are far, the sky high, the mists and waters cold. My lingering thoughts have reddened the maple leaves. The chrysanthemums bloom, The chrysanthemums wither. The wild geese from the border fly high, but my love has not come home. The wind and the moon play… Continue reading Li Yu (c. 937 – 15 August 978)

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Galway Kinnell

When the lover goes, the vow though broken remains, that trace of eternity love brings down among us stays, to give dignity to the suffering and to intensify it. — Galway Kinnell, “The Vow,” The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry, ed. J.D. McClatchy (Vintage Books, 2003)

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Amina Saïd

I’ve decorated the day with the tattoos of my dreams my face has seen my other face I’ve not heard the voice calling me the hand seeking me hasn’t found me I’ve been born several times from each star I’ve died as often from the sun of days I’ve taken early boats to nowhere —… Continue reading Amina Saïd

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Walt Whitman

You sea! I resign myself to you also … . I guess what you mean, I behold from the beach your crooked inviting fingers, I believe you refuse to go back without feeling of me; We must have a turn together … . I undress … . hurry me out of           sight of the… Continue reading Walt Whitman

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David Clewell

                                                             Sometimes you wake up and you’re living your life in the static between stations, between the prayer and the answer: one lover and another. Between jobs or novels or whole religions. You’re looking for something to hold onto right now and sunrise, two bad dreams, and some nights it takes more than feather pillow… Continue reading David Clewell

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Tristan Tzara

The Death of Apollinaire (La Mort de Guillaume Apollinaire) We know nothing                We know nothing of grief The bitter season of cold                                                       Ploughs long furrows in our muscles He would have rather enjoyed delight in victory                We wise beneath calm sorrows caged                                                       Unable to do a thing                                              If the snow… Continue reading Tristan Tzara

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