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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Words (Orr)

I always supposed
It was words
I was after—
Those
Shining fish
The poem's net gets.
But who knows?
Maybe it was
The sea
Itself
I was trying
To haul on deck.

Gregory Orr, from "Ode to Words"

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Improbable

The improbable is rarely inconspicuous.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

The heart (Orr)

The heart, altering, alters all.

Gregory Orr, from "Dark Song"

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What if

What if my element is not being in my element?

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Better

What you are given is always better than what you take.

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New poems

+15

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Monday, June 27, 2022

One ending (Egan)

In the real world, there's only one ending, and it isn't happy.

Jennifer Egan, The Candy House

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No obligation

There is no obligation to take the nonserious seriously.

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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Only death

Only death is forever.

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Hell

Hell is not hell without hope.

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Friday, June 24, 2022

Of gain & loss

There is no gain without loss
and there is no loss without gain
(though these gains and losses
may be neither significant nor desirable).

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Mysteries (Egan)

Mysteries that are destroyed by measurement were never truly mysterious; only our ignorance made them seem so.

Jennifer Egan, The Candy House

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Opinion on poetry

Anecdotal poetry is (often) the reality tv of poetry.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Three quotes (Least Heat-Moon)

If nature undoes immediately what we work years to do, then we're not doing it right.

Were human memory total and perfect, perhaps I'd be only one person from start to finish, but forgetfulness cuts me off from who I've been so that hourly I am reborn.

"Wouldn't it be easier on you to treat this voyage as a lark or a mere outing?" Yes, I said, if I can first teach myself to treat my life as a lark.

William Least Heat-Moon, River-Horse

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Hell

Attention minus choice is hell.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Humans

Humans are illusion selection engines.

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New poems

+15

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Monday, June 20, 2022

Anybody's wish (Shapiro)

To make the world perfect and full of splendor.
Was this indeed anybody's wish?

Harvey Shapiro, from "World"

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The beginning

The beginning is the beginning of the end.
And the moment we accept that
is the end of the beginning.

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

What must be

When what must be isn't, reassess.

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