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One off: Williams & McElroy

  Sorrow is my own yard where the new grass flames as it has flamed often before, but not with the cold fire that closes round me this year. Thirty-five years I lived with my husband. The plum tree is… Continue reading

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One off: Soth & Wadsworth Longfellow.

There are things of which I may not speak; There are dreams that cannot die; There are thoughts that make the strong heart weak, And bring a pallor into the cheek, And a mist before the eye. And the words… Continue reading

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One off: W.S. Merwin.

“I think it is essential to recognize the probable result of what we have done and are doing, but when we have seen that and its roots in human motives, the menaced world may seem more to be treasured than… Continue reading

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Berger on poetry

“The poet places language beyond the reach of time: or, more accurately, the poet approaches language as if it were a place, an assembly point, where time has no finality, where time itself is encompassed and contained. If poetry sometimes… Continue reading

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“After the Ark” by Pauline Stainer

How does water remain so unfamiliar? Roni Horn   It’s not told how the animals left, but waiting to disembark their breath formed a cloud and fell as light rain. It gathered in hollows under their eyes, the peaceable kingdom… Continue reading

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Roni Horn “Saying Water”

“The opacity of the world dissipates in water. Black water cannot dissipate the opacity of the world. Confused? Lost? Large expanses of water are like deserts: no landmarks, no differences. If you don’t know where you are can you know… Continue reading

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Mauron on Mallarmé

“All who remember the day when first they looked into the Poems or the Divagations will testify to that curious feeling of exclusion which put them, in the face of a text written with their words (and moreover, as they could somehow… Continue reading

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The Blindness of Needles, by Bruce Bond

When a maker of images goes deaf, he sees a world clarified by silence, a lens wept over the things unspoken. Doubtless this is why we find the man facedown on a drawing table, hands on his head to shelter… Continue reading

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Foucault on Language

“At the moment of speaking, I would like to have perceived a nameless voice, long preceding me, leaving me merely to enmesh myself in it, taking up its cadence, and to lodge myself, when no one was looking, in its… Continue reading

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The Seeming, by Muriel Rukeyser

Between the illuminations of great mornings there comes the dailiness of doing and being and the hand as it makes as it brightens    burnishes the surfaces    seemings       mirrors of the world We do not know… Continue reading

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