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Date: 1936

"The monarch of the mind is a monkey wrench."

— Miller, Henry (1891-1980)

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Date: 1955, 1958

"It [the title of this book] is used out of context but expresses the way I felt about these poems when I wrote them---as if they were, taken together, a kind of Coney Island of the mind, a kind of circus of the soul."

— Ferlinghetti, Lawrence. (b. 1919)

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Date: 2007

"When panic grips your body and your heart is a hummingbird, / Raven thoughts blacken your mind until you're breathing in reverse, / All your friends and sedatives mean well, but make it worse, / Every reassurance just magnifies the doubt, / Better find yourself a place to level out."

— Oberst, Conor Mullen (b. 1980)

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Date: September/October, 2017

"Is 'American ideas' one of those phrases, like 'how women are' or 'the will of the West to survive' that are to thinking as huffing gasoline is to breathing?"

— Purdy, Jedediah (b. 1974)

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.