„Why do I write today? The beauty of
the terrible faces
of our nonentities
stirs me to it“

—  William Carlos Williams, Context: Why do I write today? The beauty of the terrible faces of our nonentities stirs me to it: colored women day workers— old and experienced— returning home at dusk, in cast off clothing faces like old Florentine oak. "Apology"

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