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“Yes, I will go. I would rather grieve over your absence than over you.”

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source: Voices: Aphorisms, selected and translated by W. S. Merwin (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988), 22.

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“When are you sailing so I can meet you at the dock with champagne?”

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source: letter to Elizabeth Bishop, dated April 24, 1952, in Words in Air (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010), 137.

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