This is what poems are: with mercy for the greedy, they are the tongue’s wrangle, the world’s pottage, the rat’s star.

Anne Sexton
“With Mercy for the Greedy”

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Disierto by Phyllis Ewen

The effort of art is to slow the rapid motion, to bring it to a halt so that it can be seen, known.

Joyce Carol Oates
Telling Stories