Jennifer Hall

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July 3rd Birthday Love: Franz Kafka

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” -Franz Kafka

“Morningside Heights, July” by William Matthews

Morningside Heights, July Haze. Three student violists boardinga bus. A clatter of jackhammers.Granular light. A film of sweat for primerand the heat for a coat of paint.A man and a woman on a bench:she tells him he must be psychic,for how else could he sense, even before she knew,that she’d need to call it off? …

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July 2nd Birthday Love: Wisława Szymborska

The End and the Beginning After every warsomeone has to clean up.Things won’tstraighten themselves up, after all. Someone has to push the rubbleto the side of the road,so the corpse-filled wagonscan pass. Someone has to get miredin scum and ashes,sofa springs,splintered glass,and bloody rags. Someone has to drag in a girderto prop up a wall.Someone …

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July 1st Birthday Love: George Sand

Born Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin on July 1, 1804 in Paris, George Sand was one of the most well-known European writers of her time. “Butterflies are but flowers that blew away one sunny day when Nature was feeling at her most inventive and fertile.” -George Sand

June 30th Birthday Love: José Emilio Pacheco

Salt If you want to study its essence, its purpose,its usefulness in the world,you’ve got to see it as a whole. Saltisn’t the individuals who make it upbut the solidary tribe. Without iteach particle would be like a fragment of nothingness,dissolving in some unthinkable black hole. Salt surfaces from the sea. It’s petrifiedfoam.It’s sea baked …

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June 29th Birthday Love: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (The Little Prince)

June 28th Birthday Love: Geeta Tripathee

Geeta Tripathee was born on this day June 28, 1972 in Kharelthok village in the Kavrepalanchok district of Nepal. Unbrokenly Whenever you come to my mindmy verses, converting to songsstart flowing towards you. During the infinite distancebetween your center and my perimeter;I feel, a continuous river of faithflowing for ages. As long as water is there,two …

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June 27th Birthday Love: Lucille Clifton

Poet Lucille Clifton was born on this day June 27, 1936 in Depew, New York. homage to my hips these hips are big hipsthey need space tomove around in.they don’t fit into littlepetty places. these hipsare free hips.they don’t like to be held back.these hips have never been enslaved,they go where they want to gothey …

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June 26th Birthday Love: Pearl S. Buck

“Love cannot be forced, love cannot be coaxed and teased. It comes out of heaven, unasked and unsought.” -Pearl S. Buck

June 25th Birthday Love: Eric Carle

Happy birthday Eric Carle, born on this day June 25, 1929, in Syracuse, NY 🐛 “We have eyes, and we’re looking at stuff all the time, all day long. And I just think that whatever our eyes touch should be beautiful, tasteful, appealing, and important.” -Eric Carle