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Flora, for Liu Dong

The thing to do is never let it 
                                             leave the ground
It grows in.

Flowers gasp to bloom not
Burn, missed, left for good. 

Petals slip, in moans like open mouths
                                                                that moths, flickering wings,
Kiss.

Justin Nicholes

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Contrasting Views

"Literalism is a feature of boorish translators." Cicero "The clumsiest literal translation is a thousand times more useful than the prettiest paraphrase." Nabokov

The Faerie Queene

"John Ashbery said reading the Faerie Queene was like reading an endless beautiful comic strip." Kenneth Koch

Sigmund Freud

"Everywhere I go, I find a poet has been there before me."

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