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William Shakespeare

Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head; And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything. — William Shakespeare, As You Like It. Act II Scene… Continue reading William Shakespeare

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Alejandra Pizarnik

your voice in this inability to escape my gaze things rid themselves of me if it isn’t your voice turn me into a boat on a river of stones a rain isolated in my fevered silence you undo my eyes and I ask you please to speak to me forever —Alejandra Pizarnik, from “Presence,” Extracting… Continue reading Alejandra Pizarnik

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Greg Rappleye

Orpheus, Gathering the Trees        The Metamorphoses of Ovid, Book X, Lines 86-110 When love died the second time, he sang at dawn in the empty field and the bees came to listen. A little song for the tag alder, the rue cherry the withe-willow— the simple-hearted ones that come quickly to loneliness. Then he… Continue reading Greg Rappleye

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