Archive for April, 2007


Although the wind

blows terribly here,

the moonlight also leaks

between the roofplanks

of this ruined house.

Izumi Shikibu translated by Jane Hirshfield

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I need to read

I need to read.

It’s a little like breathing

or eating

or drinking

my life’s link to thinking.

Without it I am

much less than I am,

less of a person

and more of a yam.

           Karla Kuskin in Moon, Have You Met My Mother?

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Jars of springwater are not enough

anymore. Take us down to the river!


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