I taught myself to live simply by Anna Akhmatova

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"I compose happy verses
about life's decay, decay and beauty."

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

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"When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud."

Days I Enjoy by Vita Sackville-West

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"A waste of myself and them, for my life is mine"

I taste a liquor never brewed by Emily Dickinson

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"When Butterflies - renounce their "drams" -
I shall but drink the more!"

The Night Dances by Sylvia Plath

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"The world forever, I shall not
Sit emptied of beauties"

Daniel by Janet Frame

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"Who was born a manual,
who longed to be electric"