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"There is a black box inside the sun. / The wreck of an earlier universe / is recorded there. There is a black / door at the center of the sun. / Seven steps lead up to it."
-- Joseph Donahue's Terra Lucida

"Hermes, whisper to us like the sun at night. / Hermes let the soul be wired for sound."
-- Joseph Donahue's Terra Lucida

"We hover between awareness of being and loss of being."
-- Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space

"All values must remain vulnerable and those that do not are dead."
-- Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space

"It is better to live in a state of impermanence than in one of finality."
-- Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space

"A daydream of elsewhere should be left open at all times."
-- Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space

"Millers, who are wind thieves, make good flour from storms."
-- Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space

"Consciousness rejuvenates everything, giving a quality of beginning to the most everyday actions."
-- Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space

"The Housewife awakens furniture that was asleep."
-- Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space

"Every morning I must give a thought to saint Robinson Crusoe."
-- Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space

"Asking a child to draw his house is asking him to reveal the deepest dream shelter he has found for his happiness. If he is happy, he will succeed in drawing a snug, protected house which is well built on deeply rooted foundations."
--Anne Balif

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