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Monday, August 15, 2022

The world you notice

The world you notice is but a fraction of the world.

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In abundance

We swim fine in abundance but drown in irrelevance.

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Only

Dread only the unrecoverable error, the irreparable disaster.

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Regardless

What is true is true, regardless of whether we hoped it would be true or untrue.

Ditto for what is untrue.

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A greater debt

I acknowledge a greater debt to culture than to society.

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To dance and depart

We wish to dance with hazard
and depart before disaster.

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Ecosystem of poetry

It takes a lot of unsuccessful poetry to make a healthy ecosystem of Poetry.

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New poems

+15

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Friday, August 12, 2022

The Prisoner (Das)

As the convict studies
his prison's geography
I study the trappings
of your body, dear love,
for I must some day find
an escape from its snare.

Kamala Das, "The Prisoner"

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Falling in love

We don't fall in love with a person. We fall in love with what we like about a person, including what we like to dislike about them.

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Thursday, August 11, 2022

The cure

The cure for love is the lover.

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More

More is no substitute for better.

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Think!

When in doubt, think!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Cliche

The idea is to not write using cliched language, not to not write about the cliches and stereotypes that speak so richly of human habit.

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Mysteries

There are no mysteries; there is only ignorance.

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The best things

The best things about our society tend to be the realized worst fears of our ancestors—or things unimaginable to them.

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Tuesday, August 09, 2022

History

You are misreading history
if you are not appalled.

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New poems

+15

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Monday, August 08, 2022

Never once (Oliver)

The god of dirt
came up to me many times and said
so many wise and delectable things, I      lay
on the grass listening
to his dog voice,
crow voice,
frog voice; now,
he said, and now,
and never once mentioned forever...

Mary Oliver, from "One or Two Things"

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Much

Much of what is the same in the 21st century as it was in the 6th will no longer be in the 23rd, or perhaps even the 22nd.

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