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Eliot Weinberger

What is WIND and what is BONE have never been conclusively determined by the generations of Chinese critics, but what is certain, according to Liu Hsieh, is that the perfect combination or balance of WIND and BONE, the metaphor for the ideal poem, is a bird. — Eliot Weinberger, An Elemental Thing. (New Directions; 1St… Continue reading Eliot Weinberger

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final. Don’t let yourself lose me. Nearby is the country they call life. You will know it by it’s seriousness. Give me your hand. — Rainer Maria Rilke, from “Go To the Limits of Your Longing,” The Book of Hours: Love… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I would describe myself like a landscape I’ve studied at length, in detail; like a word I am coming to understand; like a pitcher I pour from at mealtime; like my mother’s face; like a ship that’s carried me when the waters raged. —  Rainer Maria Rilke, from “The Book of Monastic Life,” Rilke’s book… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke

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