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Mother Mary Madeleva
“Afraid? Of you, strong proxy lover, you, God's sea? / I give you my small self ecstatically, / To be caught, held, or buffeted; to rest / Heart to your heart, and breast to breathing breast ...”
“The feet of Christ are set in human places ...”
“Winds are birds; snow is a feather; / Wild white swans are wind and weather.”
“My love has made a room for me / That looks upon eternity.”
“... I am speech / beyond words' lettered reach ...”
“How old am I? / As days are told, / The earth is younger / than I am old.”
“More than half the people in the world are spiritual orphans. They do not know where they came from or where they are going.”
“... I lived with the mental restlessness of wanting to write, the inner nauseas of the half-finished, the great releases of the completed poem.”
“All poets chew cuds.”
“I like to go to Marshall Field's in Chicago just to see how many things there are in the world that I do not want.”
Mother Mary Madeleva, U.S. medievalist, writer, college president
(1887 - 1964)
Full name: Sister Mary Evaline Wolff Madeleva.