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Close To Your Soul

Anne Sexton

“Live or die, but don’t poison everything.”

“Watch out for intellect,
because it knows so much it knows nothing
and leaves you hanging upside down,
mouthing knowledge as your heart
falls out of your mouth.”

“Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance.”

“God has a brown voice, as soft and full as beer.”

“I am alone here in my own mind.
There is no map
and there is no road.
It is one of a kind
just as yours is.”

“Even without wars, life is dangerous.”

“It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.”

“Only my books anoint me,
and a few friends,
those who reach into my veins.”

“The joy that isn’t shared dies young.”

“Don’t worry if they say you’re crazy. They said that about me and yet I was saner than all of them. I knew. No matter. You know. Insane or sane, you know. It’s a good thing to know – no matter what they call it.”

“You have a thousand prayers, but God has one.”

“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.”

All quotes by Anne Sexton

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The Story of Each Stone

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The Words of Yung Pueblo

Yung Pueblo

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See more of Yung Pueblo’s work on Instagram: @yung_pueblo

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Heading Home Again

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Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

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More Important Than

Nizar Qabbani

Light is more important than the lantern,
The poem more important than the notebook,
And the kiss more important than the lips.
My letters to you
Are greater and more important than both of us.
They are the only documents
Where people will discover
Your beauty
And my madness.

Poem by Nizar Qabbani

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There is a Field

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“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other”
doesn’t make any sense.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.”

Poem by Rumi, image by Elephant Journal

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What Poetry Does

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“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” — T. S. Eliot

“Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.” — Carl Sandburg

“Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.” — Novalis

“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.” — Allen Ginsberg

“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” — Albert Einstein

“Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.” — Vincent Van Gogh

“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” — Plutarch

“Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.” — Jorge Luis Borges

“Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings.” — Umberto Eco

“The sources of poetry are in the spirit seeking completeness.” — Muriel Rukeyser

“Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.” — Alice Walker

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