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Kathleen Jessie Raine

(14 June 1908 – 6 July 2003 / London / England)

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  • ''I couldn't claim that I have never felt the urge to explore evil, but when you descend into hell you have to be very careful.''
    Kathleen Raine (b. 1908), British poet. Times (London, April 18, 1992).
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Transit of the Gods

Strange that the self’s continuum should outlast
The Virgin, Aphrodite, and the Mourning Mother,
All loves and griefs, successive deities
That hold their kingdom in the human breast.
Abandoned by the gods, woman with an ageing body
That half remembers the Annunciation
The passion and the travail and the grief
That wore the mask of my humanity,
I marvel at the soul’s indifference.

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