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Charles Wright

Nothing’s as far away as love is,
                                                            not even the new stars,
Though something is moving them
We hope in our direction, albeit their skin’s not on fire. 18 more words


Robert Kelly

to find the footsteps of the morning
before you, just something to follow, you caress
the gorgeous infidelities that make you free.

— Robert Kelly, from “Studying Horses,” … 11 more words


Nathaniel Hawthorne

Death should take me while I am in the mood. ― Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance. (Dodo Press October 25, 2005) Originally published 1852.


Dorianne Laux

How many losses does it take to stop a heart,
to lay waste to the vocabularies of desire?
Each one came rushing through the rooms he left. 17 more words


Towards an Australian Modernism: New Writings of Kris Hemensley

This article appeared in Southerly Number 2 1977. This is a close reading of a challenging Melbourne poet and literary figure.

Native American Destruction

“And because all the people who could do so fled to the mountains to escape these inhuman, ruthless, and ferocious acts, the Spanish captains, enemies of the human race, pursued them with the fierce dogs they kept which attacked the Indians, tearing them to pieces and devouring them. 378 more words

Close Reading American Literature

Kurt Vonnegut,

And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep. — Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five. (Delacorte 1969)