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Lorelei by Sylvia Plath

      Lorelei Poem by Sylvia Plath, 1958   It is no night to drown in: A full moon, river lapsing Black beneath bland mirror-sheen,   The blue water-mists dropping Scrim after scrim like fishnets Though fishermen are sleeping,   The massive castle turrets Doubling themselves in a glass All stillness. Yet these shapes […]

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Our wild party politics

In the politics of these just barely United States, both the Republican and the Democratic party are “liberal” in the broad sense that they value liberty or freedom from state domination. They differ however in wanting liberty in different domains of life. In short, Republicans want liberty in the economic domain, but aim to regulate […]

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Animal attraction

Prose poem concerning autistic spectrum relationship attempts blocked Pencil sketch by Bruno Schulz For as long as I remember, so has it seemed to me that love ought to be a simple thing—like the surge of sea towards the shore. I am such a dog that is drawn not towards every body that shows up. […]

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Beyond freedom and independence

Modern democratic society cherishes the values of freedom and independence. Indeed, democracy is defined by the notion of self-government or (to use the word with Greek roots) autonomy. The people governs itself through representatives of its own choosing; it is not subject to any external authority; it will not be overawed by a monarch or […]

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