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Moon

"I gazed upon the cloudless moon, / And loved her all the night, / Till morning came and radiant noon, / And I forgot her light —"

Emily Brontë, "To A.G.A.," in Janet Gezari, The Complete Poems of Emily Brontë (2006)

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"The moon. There’s no other moon like one on a clear New Mexico night. It rises over the Sandias and soothes the miles and miles of barren desert with all the quiet whiteness of a first snow."

Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories (2015)

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"The moon grows layer on layer / across iced black water."

Linda Hogan, "Red Clay," Dark. Sweet.: New & Selected Poems (2014)

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"The Desert has its own moon / which I have seen with my own eye / There is no flag on it."

Alice Walker, "On Sight," In Search of Our Mother\'s Gardens (1983)

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"I walk under the sickle moon / sharpened and new and whistling."

Marge Piercy, "Feeling Quite Temporary," Mars and Her Children: Poems (2013)

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"Stars veil their beauty soon / Beside the glorious moon, / When her full silver light / Doth make the whole earth bright."

Sappho, 6th c. BCE, in C.R. Haines, ed., Sappho: The Poems and Fragments (1926)

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"The moon came up, yellow as a prairie cowslip."

Bess Streeter Aldrich, Song of Years (1939)

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"The moon / waning or waxing / a sliver set / like a cradle / a thin suggestion, / the lit edge / of porcelain."

Yvette Nelson, We'll Come When It Rains (1982)

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"The half-moon hangs above the pines like the ear of God."

Patricia H. Sprinkle, in Reader's Digest (1998)

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"What is the moonlight to me? / An infinite rest; / The subtle and sweet melody / Of song unexpressed."

Sarah Knowles Bolton, "The Moonlight," The Inevitable and Other Poems (1895)

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"I ain’t had no lovin’ since January, February, June or July …"

Nora Bayes, with husband Jack Norwith, "Shine On, Harvest Moon" (1908)

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"I love old moons. There is something humanized about them; they are dulled a little, and rich in color. One can stare all night at an old moon."

Anne Bosworth Greene, The Lone Winter (1923)

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"O, look at the moon! / She is shining up there; / O, Mother, she looks / Like a lamp in the air."

Eliza Lee Follen, "O, Look at the Moon," Little Songs (1856)

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"Moonlight lined the windowsills like a fall of snow."

Beryl Bainbridge, Another Part of the Wood (1968)

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"No rest — no dark. / Hour after hour that passionless bright face / Climbs up the desolate blue."

Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, "Moon-Struck," Mulock's Poems, New and Old (1880)

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"Tonight I saw the marred and frosted moon. / It sat high in the bare sky over / your naked shoulder …"

, "Shibboleth," The Animal Inside (1966)

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"Watching the moon / at midnight, / solitary, mid-sky, / I knew myself completely, / no part left out."

Izumi Shikibu, c. 1000, in Jane Hirshfield with Mariko Aratani, trans., The Ink Dark Moon (1990)

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"I don’t like what the moon is supposed to do. / Confuse me, ovulate me, / spoon-feed me longing. A kind of ancient/ date-rape drug. So I’ll howl at you, moon, / I’m angry."

Brenda Shaughnessy, "I'm Over the Moon," Human Dark With Sugar (2008)

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"The moon is a fish that swims underwater in the daytime."

Barbara Brooks, "Summer in Sydney," Leaving Queensland (1983)

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"O transient voyager of heaven! / O silent sign of winter skies!"

Emily Brontë, 1837, in Clement Shorter, ed., The Complete Poems of Emily Brontë (1910)

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"Moon, worn thin to the width of a quill, / In the dawn clouds flying, / How good to go, light into light, and still / Giving light, dying."

Sara Teasdale, "Moon's Ending," Strange Victory (1933)

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"… the Moon, mute arbitress of tides …"

Charlotte Smith, "Written in the Church Yard at Middleton in Sussex," Elegiac Sonnets (1784)

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"The moon lives in the all the alone places / all alone."

Paula Gunn Allen, "What the Moon Said," Skins and Bones (1988)

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"I consulted the moon / like a crystal ball."

Diane Ackerman, The Planets: A Cosmic Pastoral (1976)

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"You moon, have you done something wrong in heaven / That God has hidden your face?"

Jean Ingelow, "Seven Times One," Songs of Seven (1885)

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"The moon spins her net around everything that is sick, / the full moon comes and gathers it one beautiful night."

Edith Södergran, "Thoughts on Nature" (1916), in Samuel Charters, trans., We Women (1977)

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"In the window, the moon is hanging over the earth, / meaningless but full of messages. / It’s dead, it’s always been dead, / but it pretends to be something else, / burning like a star, and convincingly, so that you feel sometimes / it could actually make something grow on earth."

Louise Glück, title poem, A Village Life (2009)

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"The moon rides like a girl through a topaz town."

Emily Dickinson, 1862, in Martha Dickinson Bianchi, ed., The Life and Letters of Emily Dickinson (1924)

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"I am convinced that the first lyric poem was written at night, and that the moon was witness to the event and that the event was witness to the moon. For me, the moon has always been the very embodiment of lyric poetry."

Mary Ruefle, Madness, Rack, and Honey (2012)

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"I saw the radiant Queen of Night / Walking in brightness through the sky …"

Charlotte Elliott, "The Setting Moon," Leaves From the Unpublished Journals, Letters, and Poems of Charlotte Elliott (1874)

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"The summer moon hung full in the sky. For the time being it was the great fact of the world."

Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark (1915)

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"The moon is at her crystal window / Spinning and weaving …"

Hilda Conkling, "Moon in October," in Shoes of the Wind (1922)

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"There is a star that runs very fast, / That goes pulling the moon / Through the tops of the poplars."

Hilda Conkling, "Moon Song," in Poems by a Little Girl (1920)

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"The moon shone like herrings in the water."

Dorothy Wordsworth, 1800, in E. de Selincourt, Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth (1941)

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"The moon had the old moon in her arms …"

Dorothy Wordsworth, 1802, in William Knight, ed., Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, vol. 1 (1897)

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"The moonlight lay upon the hills like snow."

Dorothy Wordsworth, in William Knight, ed., Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, vol. 1 (1897)

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"The moon develops the imagination, as chemicals develop photographic images."

Sheila Ballantyne, Norma Jean the Termite Queen (1975)

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"Tonight I saw the marred and frosted moon. / It sat high in the bare sky over / your naked shoulder …"

Josephine Jacobson, "Shibboleth," The Animal Inside (1966)

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"The astronomers tell us that other planets are gifted with two — four — even nine lavish moons. Imagine the romantic possibilities of nine moons."

Edna Ferber, A Kind of Magic (1963)

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