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Death in Leamington by John Betjeman

She died in the upstairs bedroom By the light of the ev’ning star That shone through the plate glass window From over Leamington Spa. Beside her lonely crochet Lay patiently and unstirred, But the fingers that would have work’d it … Continue reading

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Lights Out by Edward Thomas

I have come to the borders of sleep, The unfathomable deep Forest where all must lose Their way, however straight, Or winding, soon or late; They cannot choose. Many a road and track That, since the dawn’s first crack, Up … Continue reading

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Call me by Frank O’Hara

The eager note on my door said “Call me, call when you get in!” so I quickly threw a few tangerines into my overnight bag, straightened my eyelids and shoulders, and headed straight for the door. It was autumn by … Continue reading

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De Profundis – an excerpt by Oscar Wilde

All trials are trials for one’s life, just as all sentences are sentences of death; and three times have I been tried. The first time I left the box to be arrested, the second time to be led back to … Continue reading

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Leaves before the Wind by May Sarton

We have walked, looked at the actual trees: The chestnut leaves wide-open like a hand, The beech leaves bronzing under every breeze, We have felt flowing through our knees As if we were the wind. We have sat silent when … Continue reading

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What horror to awake at night by Lorine Niedecker

What horror to awake at night and in the dimness see the light. Time is white mosquitoes bite I’ve spent my life on nothing. The thought that stings. How are you, Nothing, sitting around with Something’s wife. Buzz and burn … Continue reading

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To – by Percy Bysshe Shelley

One word is too often profaned For me to profane it; One feeling too falsely disdain’d For thee to disdain it; One hope is too like despair For prudence to smother; And pity from thee more dear Than that from … Continue reading

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