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"I am going down to the shallow edge to begin again,
Joseph, with a first line, with an old net, the same expedition.
I will study the opening horizon, the scansion's strokes of the rain,
to dissolve in a greater fiction than our lives, the sea, the sun."
--Derek Walcott, from "Italian Eclogues, iv"
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