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Truman Capote

The brain may take advice, but not the heart, and love, having no geography, knows no boundaries: weight and sink it deep, no matter, it will rise and find the surface: and why not? any love is natural and beautiful that lies within a person’s nature; only hypocrites would hold a man responsible for what… Continue reading Truman Capote

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Frank Stanford

Each dawn love is a captain Without a ship. The only instrumentation The sad and imaginary Sound of his voice, love with its own Words for music, the low light Of a fairly good star. — Frank Stanford, from “With the Approach of the Oak the Axeman Quakes,” What About This: Collected Poems of Frank… Continue reading Frank Stanford

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Frank Stanford

God I was crazy for not Going to her door, Tapping on her window, Following her to the river Where her dory grew wet like the moon, A bird sick of its tree, I despair, Leaves without wind, I lay Damp and quiet on the earth. — Frank Stanford, from “Between Love and Death,” What… Continue reading Frank Stanford

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Daniel Cross Turner

Put briefly, we remember too much, and too little of it lasts. — Daniel Cross Turner, from “Lost Highways and Ethereal Landscapes: Cartographic Memory in the Poetry of Charles Wright,” Southern Crossings: Poetry, Memory, and the Transcultural South (University of Tennessee Press, 2012)

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