of poets and friends

“The poet speaks only those thoughts that come unbidden, like the wind that stirs the trees, and men cannot help but listen. He is not listened to, but heard.”

Thoreau, May 6, 1841, Journal

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“As when the light bulb goes out on the stair, and the hand follows—trusting it—the blind banister rail that finds its way in the dark.”

Tomas Tranströmer, Schubertiana

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