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Kurt Vonnegut

And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep. — Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five. (Delacorte 1969)

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Richard Brautigan

Hinged to forgetfulness like a doorshe slowly closed out of sight,and she was the woman that I loved,but too many times she slept likea mechanical deer in my caresses,and I ached in the metal silenceof her dreams. — Richard Brautigan, “Hinged to forgetfulness like a door,” Rommel Drives on Deep Into Egypt. (Delacorte Pr January… Continue reading Richard Brautigan

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Richard Brautigan

As the bruises fade, the lightning aches.Last week, making love, you bit me.Now the blue and dark have goneand yellow bruises grow toward pale daffodils,then paler to become until my bodyis all my own and what that ever got me. — Richard Brautigan, “As the Bruises Fade, the Lightning Aches,” Rommel Drives On Deep Into… Continue reading Richard Brautigan

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Richard Brautigan

I have emotionsthat are like newspapers thatread themselves. I go for days at a timetrapped in the want ads. I feel as if I am an adfor the sale of a haunted house: 18 rooms$37,000I’m yoursghosts and all. — Richard Brautigan, “Real Estate,” June 30, June 30. (Delacorte Press; 1st edition August 1978)

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C.S. Lewis

Nothing is very strong: strong enough to steal away a man’s best years not in sweet sins but in a dreary flickering of the mind over it knows not what and knows not why, in the gratification of curiosities so feeble that the man is only half aware of them, in drumming of fingers and… Continue reading C.S. Lewis

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Kurt Vonnegut

And Lot’s wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned into a pillar of salt. So it goes. People aren’t supposed to look back. I’m… Continue reading Kurt Vonnegut

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Richard Brautigan

In her sweetness where she folds my woundsthere is a flower that bees cannot afford.It is too rich for them and would changetheir wings into operas and all their honeyinto the lonesome maps of a nonexistentCalifornia county.When she has finished folding all my woundsshe puts them away in a dresser where thedrawers smell like the… Continue reading Richard Brautigan

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