Treasure Island

Linda Pastan

(1932 - / New York / United States)


  • ''Evil is simply
    a grammatical error:
    a failure to leap
    the precipice
    between "he"
    and "I."''
    Linda Pastan (b. 1932), U.S. poet. "Instructions to the Reader," lines 28-33 (1982).
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  • ''I made a list of things I have
    to remember and a list
    of things I want to forget,
    but I see they are the same list.''
    Linda Pastan (b. 1932), U.S. poet. "Lists," lines 1-4 (1982).

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Some say
it was a pear
Eve ate.
Why else the shape
of the womb,
or of the cello
Whose single song is grief
for the parent tree?
Why else the fruit itself
tawny and sweet
which your lover
over breakfast
lets go your pear-
shaped breast
to reach for?

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