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Jorge Luis Borges

A man worn down by time,
a man who does not even expect death
(the proofs of death are statistics
and everyone runs the risk
of being the first immortal),
a man who has learned to express thanks
for the days' modest alms:
sleep, routine, the taste of water,
an unsuspected etymology,
a Latin or Saxon verse,
the memory of a woman who left him
thirty years ago now
whom he can call to mind without bitterness,
a man who is aware that the present
is both future and oblivion,
a man who has betrayed
and has been betrayed,
may feel suddenly, when crossing the street,
a mysterious happiness
not coming from the side of hope
but from an ancient innocence,
from his own root or from some diffuse god.

He knows better than to look at it closely,
for there are reasons more terrible than tigers
which will prove to him
that wretchedness is his duty,
but he accepts humbly
this felicity, this glimmer.

Perhaps in death when the dust
is dust, we will be forever
this undecipherable root,
from which will grow forever,
serene or horrible,
or solitary heaven or hell.”
Jorge Luis Borges

Robert Graves
“there are two different ways of writing history: one is to persuade men to virtue and the other is to compel men to truth.”
Robert Graves, I, Claudius: from the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius

Alejandra Pizarnik
“I don’t know about birds
nor do I know the history of fire.
But I believe that my solitude should have wings”
alejandra pizarnik

Clarice Lispector
“I want the following word: splendor, splendor is fruit in all its succulence, fruit without sadness. I want vast distances. My savage intuition of myself.”
Clarice Lispector, The Stream of Life

Alejandra Pizarnik
“You write poems
because you need
a place
where what isn’t may be”
Alejandra Pizarnik

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