Ex Libris Kirkland

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First Written 2001
Genre Poetry
Origin US
Publisher Graywolf Press
ISBN-10 1555973183
ISBN-13 978-1555973186
My Copy paperback
First Read March 08, 2011

Interrogations at Noon


So much of what we live goes on inside -
The diaries of grief, the tongue-tied aches
Of unacknowledged love are no less real
For having passed unsaid. What we conceal
Is always more than what we dare confide.
Think of the letters that we write our dead.

Quoted on March 15, 2011


As with any child, you find your own more beautiful-
eager to nurse it along, watch over it,
and taking special pride in each day
it grows more gorgeously like you.

Why not consider it a sort of accomplishment?
Failure doesn't happen by itself. It takes time,
effort, and a certain undeniable gift.
Satisfaction comes from recognizing what you do best.

Most of what happens is never intended,
but deep inside you know you planned this-
not a slip or a fumble but a total rout.
You only fail at what you really aim for.

Quoted on March 15, 2011

O do not disturb the Archbishop.
Asleep in his ivory chair.
You must send all the workers away,
Though the church is in need of repair.

Quoted on March 8, 2011

How dismal someone else's joy can be.

Quoted on March 8, 2011

Ex Libris Kirkland is a super-self-absorbed reading journal made by Matt Kirkland. Copyright © 2001 - .
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