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Michelle Wirth
"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." - Andre Gide
"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." - Andre Gide
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Streaking By
When I was 34, my wife encouraged me to get my motorcycle license, something I had wanted for myself but hadn't pursued. We learned it would be better for our marriage if I learned how to ride a motorcycle from someone I wasn't married to. I hesitated to ri...

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Unaccompanied
I play one of Madeleine's favorite recordings, Yo Yo Ma performing Bach's Cello Suite No.1 in G Major. In my mind I am in our old house, on a massage table, watching the a fternoon sunlight fanning across yellow walls, as  Madeleine digs her elbow into some...

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My Funny Valentine
Madeleine's angle for why we should move in together, was so that we could have time together after our dates when we weren't arguing. Because we would often start arguing on a date and not resolve the argument until long after, on a phone call. This was ye...

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Uphill Both Ways, and In The Snow (Love Will Come To You)
The woman who was once our marriage counselor is now my grief counselor. I recommend marriage counseling. May I give you a head start and confess that there is economy in those three short words, “You were right.” You win twice if you’re married to someone ...

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In Keeping
When my wife died of lung cancer, poems landed around me in the ruins like ashes after a forest fire.   Raymond Carver’s last book, A New Path to the Waterfall, was rested gently against my door.  He died of lung cancer.  Her downturn was so sudden there we...

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In Keeping
When my wife died of lung cancer, poems landed around me in the ruins like ashes after a forest fire.   Raymond Carver’s last book, A New Path to the Waterfall, was rested gently against my door.  He died of lung cancer.  Her downturn was so sudden there we...
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