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Old 03-17-2017, 11:56 AM   #3511
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Old 03-17-2017, 12:17 PM   #3512
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Old 03-17-2017, 12:18 PM   #3513
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Old 03-17-2017, 04:57 PM   #3514
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"Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash."
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"There is a crack, a crack in everything,
that's how the light gets in."
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Yes!

"poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity"
William Wordsworth, Preface to Lyrical Ballads
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Old 03-18-2017, 06:48 AM   #3515
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“Some people find fall depressing, others hate spring. I've always been a spring person myself. All that growth, you can feel Nature groaning, the old bitch; she doesn't want to do it, not again, no, anything but that, but she has to. It's a fucking torture rack, all that budding and pushing, the sap up the tree trunks, the weeds and the insects getting set to fight it out once again, the seeds trying to remember how the hell the DNA is supposed to go, all that competition for a little bit of nitrogen; Christ, it's cruel.”
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Old 03-18-2017, 06:50 AM   #3516
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Old 03-18-2017, 07:23 AM   #3517
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Old 03-18-2017, 10:04 AM   #3518
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“Some people find fall depressing, others hate spring. I've always been a spring person myself. All that growth, you can feel Nature groaning, the old bitch; she doesn't want to do it, not again, no, anything but that, but she has to. It's a fucking torture rack, all that budding and pushing, the sap up the tree trunks, the weeds and the insects getting set to fight it out once again, the seeds trying to remember how the hell the DNA is supposed to go, all that competition for a little bit of nitrogen; Christ, it's cruel.”
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:37 AM   #3519
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Best. Subtle. Put-down. Ever.

"'What a woman—oh, what a woman!' cried the King of Bohemia, when we had all three read this epistle. 'Did I not tell you how quick and resolute she was? Would she not have made an admirable queen? Is it not a pity that she was not on my level?'

'From what I have seen of the lady she seems indeed to be on a very different level to your Majesty,' said Holmes coldly."

~A Scandal in Bohemia, Arthur Conan Doyle
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:48 PM   #3520
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Best. Subtle. Put-down. Ever.

"'What a woman—oh, what a woman!' cried the King of Bohemia, when we had all three read this epistle. 'Did I not tell you how quick and resolute she was? Would she not have made an admirable queen? Is it not a pity that she was not on my level?'

'From what I have seen of the lady she seems indeed to be on a very different level to your Majesty,' said Holmes coldly."

~A Scandal in Bohemia, Arthur Conan Doyle
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Old 03-21-2017, 01:13 PM   #3521
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"There is nothing more to be said or to be done to-night, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable ways of our fellow-men.” ~The Five Orange Pips, Arthur Conan Doyle

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Old 03-21-2017, 01:33 PM   #3522
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Old 03-22-2017, 12:03 AM   #3523
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“Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery Row is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants and whore houses, and little crowded groceries, and laboratories and flophouses. Its inhabitant are, as the man once said, "whores, pimps, gambler and sons of bitches," by which he meant Everybody. Had the man looked through another peephole he might have said, "Saints and angels and martyrs and holymen" and he would have meant the same thing.”
― John Steinbeck, Cannery Row
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Old 03-22-2017, 06:08 AM   #3524
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“Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Cannery Row is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants and whore houses, and little crowded groceries, and laboratories and flophouses. Its inhabitant are, as the man once said, "whores, pimps, gambler and sons of bitches," by which he meant Everybody. Had the man looked through another peephole he might have said, "Saints and angels and martyrs and holymen" and he would have meant the same thing.”
― John Steinbeck, Cannery Row
I love that story, that quote/opening in particular. Steinbeck was a poet.

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Old 03-26-2017, 10:20 PM   #3525
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As for what’s to come—you’ll know that
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To know would be to grieve ahead of time.
It’s clear whatever is to happen
will happen, like tomorrow’s dawn.

from Agamemnon, part of The Oresteia by Aeschylus.

Modern translation by Ian Johnston
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