Treasure Island

Linda Pastan

(1932 - / New York / United States)

Quotations

  • ''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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What We Want

What we want
is never simple.
We move among the things
we thought we wanted:
a face, a room, an open book
and these things bear our names--
now they want us.
But what we want appears
in dreams, wearing disguises.

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