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Date: November 15, 2016

"He [Trump] has set the worst human impulses marching. But there are no clean slates in the unconscious."

— Rose, Jacqueline (b. 1949)

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Date: December 12, 2016

"The mind too, whirling, vectoring, reaching short but at least / reaching, rising, consigning--towards and towards."

— Graham, Jorie (b. 1950)

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Date: December 12, 2016

"tell me, Bird, how soul inhabits the place of fire, / how soul dwells there in its trembling?"

— De la O, Marsha

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Date: February 27, 2017

"And I don't want to pray, but I can picture / the plants deepening right now into the soil, / wanting to live, so I lie down among them, / in my ripped pink tank top, filthy and covered / in sweat, among red burying beetles and dirt / that's been turned and turned like a problem / in the mind."

— Limón, Ada (b. March 28, 1976)

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Date: March 18, 2017

"So many secrets, so many plots, so many shards of gossip swirl in his head, there seems to be no room for reality."

— Dowd, Maureen (b. January 14, 1952)

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Date: June 30, 2017

"Research explains why forgetting delivers this memory boost. Memories don't fly out of our brains like sparrows from a barn."

— Boser, Ulrich

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Date: July 27, 2017

"'My emotions are like a Ping-Pong ball being bounced back and forth between the players,' said Mrs. Borland, who, with her husband, owns a karate school in Pleasant Valley, N.Y., and whose younger daughter, Amelia, 2, is receiving chemotherapy for leukemia."

— Hoffman, Jan

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Date: May-June, 2017

"Moreover, traumatic events are more likely to be mentally stilled: people who have undergone severe traumas may have flashbacks as isolated pictures, while they recall ordinary events in a narrative manner."

— Stallabrass, Julian (b. March 16, 1960)

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Date: August 20, 2017

""Twin Peaks: The Return" works much differently, in that we occasionally get scenes or even entire hours that draw us far away from the straight, well-defined narrative path ... until we're floating around, dangerously unmoored, in David Lynch's subconscious."

— Murray, Noel

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Date: September 11, 2017

"It was 'The Cantos of Ezra Pound' that showed Bidart what a poem could be: unlimited in scope, mind-blowing in its dance with the mind."

— Als, Hilton (b. 1960)

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