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  5. david shrigley.

     

  6. "I wondered if my life was going to be one immersion after another, a great march of shallow, unpopular popular culture infatuations that don’t really last and don’t really mean anything. Sometimes I even think maybe my deepest obsessions are just random manifestations of my loneliness or isolation. Maybe I infuse ordinary experience with a kind of sacred aura to mitigate the spiritual vapidity of my life….no, it is beautiful to be enraptured. To be enthralled by something, anything. And it isn’t random. It speaks to you for a reason. If you wanted to, you could look at it that way, and you might find you aren’t wasting your life. You are discovering things about yourself and the world, even if it is just what you find beautiful, right now, this second."
    — Dana Spiotta
     
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    To a Young Girl at a Window

    The Poor Old Soul plods down the street,
    Contented, and forgetting
    How Youth was wild, and Spring was wild
    And how her life is setting;

    And you lean out to watch her there,
    And pity, nor remember,
    That Youth is hard, and Life is hard,
    And quiet is December.

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    — Margaret Widdemer
     

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    WHAT THE DEAD FEAR

    On winter nights, the dead
    see their photographs slipped
    from the windows of wallets,
    their letters stuffed in a box
    with the clothes for Goodwill.
    No one remembers their jokes,
    their nervous habits, their dread
    of enclosed places.
    In these nightmares, the dead feel
    the soft nub of the eraser
    lightening their bones. They wake up
    in a panic, go for a glass of milk
    and see the moon, the fresh snow,
    the stripped trees.
    Maybe they fix a turkey sandwich,
    or watch the patterns on the TV.
    It’s all a dream anyway.
    In a few months
    they’ll turn the clocks ahead,
    and when they sleep they’ll know the living
    are grieving for them, unbearably lonely
    and indifferent to beauty. On these nights
    the dead feel better. They rise
    in the morning, and when the cut
    flowers are laid befor their names
    they smile like shy brides. Thank you,
    thank you, they say. You shouldn’t have,
    they say, but very softly, so it sounds
    like the wind, like nothing human.

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    — Kim Addonizio.
     
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