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“If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things.” —Confucius

In 1920s Charleston, South Carolina,
a scion of its fading aristocracy,
DuBose Heyward, sparks the
Southern Renaissance of novelists,
with the first realistic portrait of
flesh-and-blood Americans of color.
The love’s story’s title is the name
of the principal character, Porgy.

People’s fates are simplified by their names.

Elias Canetti

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“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” —Carl Sagan

We played and stomped the ground on the range we once roamed
Squeezing music in and out made a wheezy moan
Breezes teasing reedy grasses, weaving a tune
Down-to-earth as cow pies on a June afternoon

Work and pray, live on hay, you’ll get pie in the sky when you die.

Joe Hill

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“The future ain’t what it used to be.” —Yogi Berra

Seer’s eyes prognosticate
Reading signs of prophesy
Previewing what comes to be
As yesterday’s ills recede

There’s no present. There’s only the immediate future and the recent past.

George Carlin

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“Art is beauty, the perpetual invention of detail, the choice of words, the exquisite care of execution.” —Théophile Gautier

If it’s true beauty is more than skin-deep
Is it in fat’s, muscle’s, nerve’s, or bone’s keep
Does beauty through the human form seep
Pooling deep as dreams in duvets of sleep

The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread

D. H. Lawrence

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“Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lend not your ears to lies
Look out for tells and tics
The ears hear artifice
Eyes can read lies on lips

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.

Jean Cocteau

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“It is now life and not art that requires the willing suspension of disbelief.” ―Lionel Trilling

Would ‘Sunflowers’ shun the light
‘Starry Night’ be canvas white
Blood be spilled by palette knife
Were life without art still life

Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.

―Oscar Wilde

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“When did we let news become entertainment? ―Saahil Prem”

Demagogues flouting the law
Horseless carriage runs on straw
Holy man worships a whore
It’s late, but wait, there is more

Armageddon will start with the news media.

Richie Norton

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“Take those flying reindeer, Santa’s red and white color scheme, and his jolly disposition, for example. They are all probably linked to the use of hallucinogenic toad stool in ancient rituals.” —Roger Highfield

‘Twas the night before Christmas of a hazardous year
Santa was safe at home with the clan of Claus
Elves were loading gifts in Santa’s new sleigh
Reindeer were dreaming in their stalls

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky. So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, with the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

Clement Clarke Moore

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“Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.” —W. Somerset Maugham

Does the blossom sniff the bee
In their pollinating ecstasy

If we breathe the scent of goodly grass, the fragrance of spices, the aroma of good fruits, we pronounce a blessing over the pleasure.

Shmuel Yosef Agnon

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“Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?” —Alfred Lord Tennyson

In my dream I see her rarity
at a smart picture gallery
to which her heart is the lock
and my art the key

Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.

Don Miguel Ruiz

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