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feral-ballad · 21 hours ago
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Dulce María Loynaz, tr. by James O’Connor, from Absolute Solitude: Selected Poems
[Text ID: “I love you so much I sometimes fear God will punish me one day by filling my life with you.”]
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fairydrowning · 3 days ago
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I hope you heal from the things you don't talk about. I hope you heal from the things no one ever apologized for. I hope you heal from the things no one knows you went through. I hope you heal from the things you cry about at night. I hope you heal from the things and people that shattered your confidence. I hope you heal from the things you manage to hide so well. I hope you heal from the things which hurts you in anyway either emotionally, mentally or physically. I hope you heal both physically and mentally.
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waitinqroom · 3 days ago
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we return to, and redefine the same, tragic stories. ocean vuong / ithell colquhoun / mary oliver
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spillingthedusk · 8 months ago
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Yves Olade, from Bloodsport; “Iphigenia at Aulis”
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beyondgenre · a year ago
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And if happiness visits you again, do not remember it's previous betrayal. Enter into the happiness and burst.
-Mahmoud Darwish
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periherm · 6 months ago
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Yrsa Daley-Ward, from bone; “waiting for the check to clear”
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aamirflab · 4 days ago
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Mohammed el-Fayturi, tr. & ed. Adil Babikir, Modern Sudanese Poetry: An Anthology; “Yaaqut al-Arsh”
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saphynnet · a year ago
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feral-ballad · 20 hours ago
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Donte Collins, from Autopsy; “The orphan performs an autopsy on the garden”
[Text ID: “this / knotted / agony”]
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feral-ballad · 22 hours ago
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Dulce María Loynaz, tr. by James O’Connor, from Absolute Solitude: Selected Poems
[Text ID: “You adorned my breast with a necklace of tears. / You wove me a dress with petals of blood.”]
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feral-ballad · 22 hours ago
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Within you there is the weariness of a wing that has been stretched a long time.
Dulce María Loynaz, tr. by James O’Connor, from Absolute Solitude: Selected Poems
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feral-ballad · 22 hours ago
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Only by devoting oneself to darkness, absorbing its deep waters drop by drop, can one give rise to a noble, lasting work of art. / Pleasant is the air, and pleasant the light, but not everything can flower, and he who fails to surrender his soul to darkness will wither.
Dulce María Loynaz, tr. by James O’Connor, from Absolute Solitude: Selected Poems
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feral-ballad · 21 hours ago
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I still don’t know how it happened, but I have just fallen into a trap and like a small rat I find myself in a strange mesh of wires, an unforeseen cage of physical pain. I once felt like an eagle that could carry off the sun in its talons. My slender ankles once made me think I was a gazelle bounding into flight. But today I have discovered I am nothing but a small rat trapped in a shrewd device, a pitiful creature in the grip of an awesome physical mysterious power, and it will never let me go, but it won’t kill me either. It simply looms between my body and the world where my body used to move. My new master even lets me deceive myself by letting me see, right there where they’ve always been, the sky, the sun, and the horizons that used to be mine, horizons I now flee without fleeing and bite without biting while I wait to know what exactly they’re going to do with me.
Dulce María Loynaz, tr. by James O’Connor, from Absolute Solitude: Selected Poems
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feral-ballad · 6 months ago
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Clementine Von Radics, from In A Dream You Saw A Way To Survive; “You are on the floor crying”
[Text ID: “And you have been / on the floor crying / for days. / And that is you / being brave. / That is you getting through it / as best you know how. / No one else can decide / What your tough looks like.”]
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feral-ballad · a month ago
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Katherine Larson, from Radial Symmetry; “Gardens in Tunisia”
[Text ID: “There are days that walk through me / and I cannot hold them.”]
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feral-ballad · 2 months ago
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Ari Banias, from Anybody: Poems; “Bouquet”
[Text ID: “Today you want nothing / because wanting / comes too close to feeling.”]
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feral-ballad · 17 days ago
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Claire C. Holland, from I Am Not Your Final Girl: Poems; “Ginger”
[Text ID: “I got cursed, in every way a / woman can. / You kill yourself, over and over, / to be different.”]
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